Kristian Laemmle-Ruff: WOOMERA
Opening Friday 13 July
Following on from his exhibition Mind the Gap, with its focus on the Pine Gap facility and associated implications, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff’s new works shift south, to another desert region, a known but equally mysterious place in Australia: Woomera.
The Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) is the largest and most technologically advanced weapons-testing range in the world. Covering an enormous 122,188 square kilometres, this restricted defense area, established in 1946 via an agreement between the British and Australian Governments, is now operated by the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Warfare Centre, under a motto ‘ready the warfighter’.
Over the past 70 years the WPA has facilitated nuclear bomb test, radioactive waste storage, an immigration detention centre, the world’s largest uranium mine and countless missile and rocket tests. For Woomera, Laemmle-Ruff expands his use of exquisite photographic images, along with an adaptation of other surveillance technologies, to draw attention to this out of sight, out of mind location, to the incredible and irreconcilable tensions of Woomera, to the stunning beauty of this country, its significance as the lands of the Kokatha people in South Australia, and the violent activities that occur upon it.
This exhibition is proudly supported by Sitzler.