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ROUTES / ROOTS

In recent bodies of work, Robert Fielding has been researching the links of his ancestors’ travel and trade routes, reconsidering them in a contemporary context. Led by an enquiry into cultural objects that have been collected and removed from country since the beginning of colonisation, Fielding has followed the stories held within these objects to several national archives, connecting the dots between Afghan cameleers and nomadic trade routes of the central desert.

Routes / Roots is grounded in archival, institutional and community research, raising questions about ownership of cultural knowledge, the institutionalisation of sacred objects, and change as integral part of resilient cultures. It encompasses multiple media, such as photography, sculpture, and carvings, and includes collaborations with two of the senior leaders of Mimili, Sammy and Ngilan Dodd. These collaborative works in particular investigate the maintenance of and care for resources, which has been a finely balanced process for thousands of years around the artist’s home. 

Artist: Robert Fielding
Location: Linden New Art, St Kilda, Victoria
Curator: David Hagger
Artist Representation: Mimili Maku Arts

Photography: David Hagger and Theresa Harrison
February - August 2020