Mare Amoris | Sea of Love Exhibition – UQ Art Museum
Until January 20, The University of Queensland Art Museum will host the art exhibition Mare Amoris (Sea of Love). This exhibition gathers creative and intellectual practices that dissolve the colonial boundaries of oceans and their connected waters. Artists and their kin give language, voice, and form to these watery spaces, passed down through matrilineal storytelling, bodily memory, and land-based knowledge systems.
The title and translation of ‘mare amoris’ gently move beyond the Latin term ‘mare nullius’ used to violently erase and deny the rights of communities and their sovereign custodianship of Sea Country. ‘Mare nullius’ refers to the Eurocentric idea that sovereign rights end at the coastline, making oceans void of ownership. Increasingly complicated by sea level rise, ‘mare nullius’ and its legacies slice through ancestral rights and long-held stewardship of the seas. Through artworks that confront the complexities of love, rage, grief and healing, Mare Amoris embraces love as an uprising and an active force with which to mobilise, organise, and create room for radical expressions of care beyond capital. This exhibition is free for perusal during the UQ Art Museum opening hours.
Museum opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm