A chance antique store discovery was partly the inspiration for a new video installation titled, Greetings from Eurasia, which is on display at Crows Nest Gallery until June 26, 2022.

Filipino-Australian artist Ben Tupas explores the concept of travel using curious objects that are viewed though a bi-cultural lens in his new work.

The celebration of multiculturalism was devised following Tupas’s discovery of a collection of post-World War II era, shell-carved curios that were on sale in a Toowoomba antique store.

Tupas draws directly from the objects in his video storytelling to invite viewers to consider travel from a different perspective.

Tupas selectively employs object, sound and light to suggest a foreign landscape, stereotypical travel destinations and opposing characters such as the local/tourist, driver/passenger and seller/buyer.

The work examines colonialism, consumerism and migration.

Residents are invited to discuss the exhibition with Ben Tupas from 11am on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

For exhibition details, please visit the events register

Book for June 26 workshop

Residents are invited to register for an experimental, media-based workshop with Ben Tupas at the Gallery from 10.30 am to noon on Sunday, June 26.

Participants will explore their own personal, visual memories related to their previous travels. Using photographs, video and postcards as stimulus, participants will create new representations of their travel stories, using the natural and built environment around Crows Nest.

Cost: $10 per person
Ages: 16+
Requirements: Participants must bring a smartphone or camera to the workshop and wear closed in shoes and clothes suitable for outdoor activities.

Bookings Required: Phone 131 872 to secure your place and make payment

For details, please visit the events register

Enquiries can be directed to Crows Nest Gallery on (07) 4698 1687 or crowsnestart@tr.qld.gov.au 

Crows Nest Gallery, at the corner of the New England Highway and William Street is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays.

Detail: Ben TUPAS / Greetings from Eurasia (pre-production still) 2022 / video projection / © Ben Tupas.