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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Welcome Fire (Bush Retreat)

Kalinda Vary

02 March 2023–25 March 2023

Welcome Fire (Bush Retreat) is the outcome of nine months spent visiting the family block of land in the Otways, in Victoria’s South-West. Named ‘the Dairy’ for the hundred years the block served as a milking dairy, a part of the land was adapted into a ‘rustic retreat’ after my parents purchased the dairy in the early 80s. Much of the land, left as bush now creeps into the paddocks. Eucalypts fringe the fences, blackwoods and tea tree spot paddocks thick with bracken – nature’s first responders.

Welcome Fire (Bush Retreat) collages family and stolen histories, endurance and iterative performance, pastoral and survivalist techniques, cataloguing and observation. Admitting my own impulse to ‘know’ or ‘understand’ the secrets of the land, I opted for empirical modes of capturing: photography, collecting, recording. 

This exhibition is an attempt to describe place, space, time and identity, only to be undone by Everything I do not know and cannot measure or describe. Like a eucalypt leaf barely leaves a shadow, the most poetic, awful and moving aspects of this project no longer exist. In hope, or desperation, I have collected what I can.


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  • Kalinda Vary is an artist based in Naarm on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. Kalinda has exhibited solo projects at Seventh (We Were Both Two alongside Nunzio Madden, 2019); BUS (Take it Back 2017); West Space (Ubiquitous Anyone: a love letter 2016) and TCB (Now go over there and stand on that chair 2015) as well as inclusion in group shows in Sydney, New Zealand, Belgium and France. Kalinda was a board member for TCB gallery in Melbourne Australia (2015-2020) and 1/6th of The Band Presents (2017-2019) which included performances at the Melbourne Arts Centre and the Melbourne Greek Cultural Centre as well as running TBP Gallery and studios at the Docklands (2018). Kalinda sometimes collaborates with; and sometimes performs for others in their work.