The Belgrade residency—works by Ruth Hingston & Tim Brook

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Hand embroidery (detail)

White City, Black Shadows
(Бели Град, Црне Сенке)
and a twice-hidden culture

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14 May–22 June 2020
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The title

White City, Black Shadows (Бели Град, Црне Сенке) is a selection of works by Ruth Hingston and Tim Brook after a three-month residency in Belgrade. The title is a respectful nod to Emir Kusturica’s film Black Cat, White Cat (Црна мачка, бели мачор), which is set in Belgrade.

The white city

Belgrade, Beograd, бели град, bijeli grad, means white city. It has a long and complex history, and a complex present.

Belgrade street art

The black shadows

Artists from the Balkans know how to use black, both literally and metaphorically.

The black humour in Serbian films emerges from the long shadow of the region’s past.

The twice-hidden culture

Nobody knows that Canberra has a culture. It’s culture is hidden because the so-called Canberra journalists only file reports about the fly-in-fly-out workers, not about the rich and varied cultural life of the people who actually live in Canberra.

Canberra’s population has a greater proportion of people from the countries of the former Yugoslavia than any other Australian city. For many decades they have asserted an enormous influence on Canberra’s culture, but their contribution has remained almost completely unacknowledged. (A 2008 article in the Canberra Times alluded to the fact, but it went almost completely unnoticed.)

Street art
Belgrade street art
Embroidery

Ruth Hingston… uses embroidery in connection with a creative reuse of other materials in her work… to make wry little comments on contemporary life.

Kerry-Anne Cousins Canberra Times
25 September 2018
Belgrade buildings
Belgrade rooftops