Oceans From Here

National Exhibition Register

  • Salt pool
    Honey Long and Prue Stent Salt pool, 2018
    Colour inks on paper
    110 x 162 cm (framed)
    Image Credit
    Courtesy and © the artists and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

About the exhibition

The Australian Centre for Photography is offering their most recent exhibition for tour. Oceans From Here explores the aesthetics of water, from mountain glaciers to the open seas, as it ebbs and flows as a global life force. This simple and abundant compound has the power to define planetary geography, etching the landscape and separating the continents.

Water moves through disparate sectors of the globe in various states – as mist, rain and snow. The floating cliffs of ice in John Young Zerunge’s photographs of the Antarctic echo the aesthetics of traditional Chinese landscape painting. Kai Wasikowski travels to the melting glaciers of New Zealand in search of the source of the Pacific Ocean, while Emma Hamilton heads north to frame the horizon of the Arctic seas.

From visceral and cerebral to sacred and somatic, water has inspired human creativity and provoked metaphysical thought. Julia Davis’ aerial views of the shore are meditative, while Izabela Pluta explores the depths of mythology. Water tempers our response to the environment and connects us to place.

Dean Cross symbolically returns to his Indigenous heritage and Country through the act of applying and removing ochre to his half-immersed body. Yielding yet also powerful are the ‘Instagram-perfect’ photographs taken by Grant Stevens of cascades, which comment on image reproducibility and the authentic experience.

Chris Bennie touches on how our physical and psychological states are, like the tidal movement of rivers and oceans, affected by the moon’s gravitational forces. In Honey Long + Prue Stent’s performance-based works, human forms emerge from, and are subsumed by, watery environs. We are bound within nature’s cycle as water moves between the environment and our bodies.

Artists and Curator

Allison Holland

Chris Bennie | Dean Cross | Julia Davis | Emma Hamilton | Honey Long + Prue Stent | Izabela Pluta | Grant Stevens | Kai Wasikowski | John Young Zerunge.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
18/11/2018 - 31/03/2021
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Contact to discuss
Accompanying materials available
Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
some technology is available.
Primary contact
Allison Holland
Australian Centre for Photography
02 933 20510
Secondary contact
Pierre Arpin
02 9332 0555
This is an Australian Centre of Photography touring exhibition.