StoryGraph brings together three Territory artists working in the area of graphic storytelling. You can call them zines, comic books, graphic novels, and in the film world, animations, cartoons, or any number of terms, but in all instances artists are using visual means to convey a narrative as much as they are using words - whether their own, or those of other writers.
These forms are enjoying an explosion of popularity at the moment, from Japanese anime through to Hollywood adaptations of Marvel comics, and Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus’ series. But while these might be the titles that leap to mind in the mainstream consciousness, graphic storytelling is happening everywhere and on every level, and its moving way beyond the aesthetics of the comic book.
In 2013 Joshua Santospirito illustrated Craig San Roque’s story, ‘The Long Weekend in Alice Springs’, which drew on the author’s experience of working as a psychologist in Alice Springs. Taking us on a journey from Alice Springs to ancient Sumeria, and exploring the Jungian notion of the ‘cultural complex’, this extraordinary work delves into the lives of a cohort of Indigenous characters as they gather in Alice for a weekend of footy and family. Santospirito’s black and white illustrations can be haunting, exquisite, and confronting, but at all times they are visually engaging and propel the narrative forward with powerful force.
Darwin artist Jonathan Saunders has created his own Indigenous superhero, Zero-Point. In a post-human world, a superhero from Darwin emerges to fight government conspiracy and masked foe who proclaims himself to be the king of Australia. Supported by Screen Australia and Screen Territory, and drawing on a team of talented locals, Saunders has created four episodes of his superhero’s story as a web TV series.
Born in New Zealand/Aotearoa, but now based in Alice Springs/Mparntwe, Beth Sometimes is an artist working across many media and practices. Her zine,’The Tender Unravelling’, is a refreshingly non-linear and poignant meditation on a series of incidents and interactions in Alice Springs over a few days
Exhibition curated by Rita Macarounas and Hamish Mcdonald
Exhibition dates: 3-31 May 2019
Opening Night: Friday 3rd May 6-8pm
Artist talk: Saturday 4th May 12 noon.
Open Wed - Fri 10am-4pm & Sat 10am-2pm
Public Programs (free, all welcome)