AEGIS Symposium

Online 1 June 20
Speakers: Emeritus Professor Linda Williams (Chair) with Tony Lloyd, Sarah Tomasetti and Associaye Professor Jane Dyson

Tony Lloyd, ‘The Breithorn with jet. 2018 oil on linen 30x40 cm

Sarah Tomase, Celes/al Dirt II 2022 (Uttarakhand Series) Oil and incision on umber fresco ground 72 x 56cm

About Mountains

This AEGIS seminar explores the ways in which humans interact with and shape mountainous environments, including the complex ecological, cultural, and political dimensions of these interactions. The focus of this seminar will be on the work of two contemporary Australian Tony Loyd and Sarah Tomasetti and the ethnographic research of Jane Dyson

Presenter Biographies 

Tony Lloyd
Tony Lloyd has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. His paintings are in numerous public collections including the State Library of Victoria, Gippsland Art Gallery, RMIT Gallery, Artbank, the City of Boroondara and the City of Whitehorse. Lloyd’s work has featured in publications such as ART + Climate = Change from Melbourne University Press and New Romantics, Darkness and light in Australian Art by curator Simon Gregg and ABC TV’s The A-Z of Contemporary Art. Lloyd has held several artist residencies including The British School at Rome, 24HR ART Beijing, and Canvas International Art in the Netherlands and has received recognitions for his work, winning the John Leslie Art Prize, the Belle Arti Prize, the Sulman Highly Commended prize, the Gold Coast Art prize People's choice award, the Boy's Choice award at the Kings School Art Prize, the RMIT Post Graduate Award, the Necia Gilbert Memorial Award as well as Development Grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and Regional Arts Victoria.

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Sarah Tomasetti
Sarah Tomasetti’s art practice seeks a reinvigorated engagement with landscape through the revival of pre-modern techniques and materials such as fresco and encaustic that require the slow sensing of moisture, temperature and molecular interaction. Her practice explores how processes of rupture and compression in the studio can reflect cycles of land formation and disintegration in relation to mountains. Recent works put the agency and liveliness of fresco-making into conversation with how cultural narratives inflect the ways humans imagine, traverse, worship and destroy mountainous regions. The Uttarakhand series is drawn from a residency undertaken with anthropologist Dr Jane Dyson in the mountains of Northern India in 2019. Sarah's work is held in numerous public and private collections in Australia and overseas and she won the John Leslie Prize for Landscape in 2020. She is represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney and Beaver Galleries in Canb.

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Associate Professor Jane Dyson
Since 2002, Associate Professor Jane Dyson has conducted ethnographic research in the Indian Himalayas examining gender, work, and social transformation from the perspective of social geography, cultural anthropology and development studies. Her doctoral work explored children’s everyday work relations in Uttarakhand, India and is presented in her book, Working Childhoods (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Since then, she has followed the same cohort of young people across two decades through three major projects: a UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project at University of Oxford examining the politics of educated, unemployed youth in South Asia; an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project at the University of Melbourne on everyday youth prefigurative politics in India; and a newer ARC Discovery Project (starting 2020) on youth, liberalism and political practice in India. From this work, Jane has published in geography and anthropology on issues including education, employment, love, and cultural and political practice. She has also directed and produced two award-winning ethnographic films on this work: Lifelines (2014, and Spirit (2019, More recently, Jane has examined student food insecurity in Australian universities, a stream of work that will continue through an ARC Discovery Project (starting 2023).

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Acknowledgement of Country

AEGIS acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we work. We respectfully acknowledge their Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters across Australia and its Dreaming.