Yhonnie Scarce is known for installations that combine archival photographs, found objects and hand-blown glass, ranging from intimately-scaled assemblages through to architecturally-scaled public artworks. Scarce belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples, and her artwork is conceptually and structurally informed by her connections to personal and communal Indigenous cultural histories.
Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park explores the devastating impacts of colonisation, medical testing, religious missionaries, and missile and nuclear bomb testing on her Country and people. The exhibition title is taken from an outdoor tourist attraction in Woomera, where Yhonnie Scarce was born, that displays a selection of the bombs, missiles and aircraft that have been tested on Scarce’s Country since the 1950s, a practice that continues today.
Missile Park is a focused survey, spanning Yhonnie Scarce’s output from art school right up to a major new commission, and the largest exhibition of Scarce’s artwork to date.
Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park was developed by ACCA in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, where the exhibition will be presented from 17 July to 18 September, 2021.
How to use this kit
This exhibition kit has been written by ACCA Education to support learning alongside Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park. Three artworks from the exhibition have been highlighted, with discussion questions to prompt thinking with students. Primary and Secondary activities, mapped to the Victorian and Australian Curriculum, can be found in the section For Teachers. VCE students and teachers can view Support Material for further reading and teaching notes from ACCA’s VCE Programs.