Wednesday 19 February
In this Lunchtime Lecture, Australian artist Dan Elborne will talk about the meaning and process behind his artwork, Deathgate, which is the largest Holocaust memorial ever produced in Australia.
The artwork comprises 1.3 million handmade ceramic stones: one for each detainee of the Auschwitz network of concentration camps. Every piece was produced by the artist over 1,242 days; the same length of time mass killing was carried out in those camps.
Deathgate is exhibited in direct reference to the railway line that leads through the main entrance to Auschwitz II Birkenau extermination camp and is largely a personal response to the artist visiting Auschwitz in early 2016.
Dan Elborne is an artist currently based in Queensland, Australia. Primarily, Elborne creates ceramic installations and sculpture, which intersect personal experience with broader-reaching subjects and historic events. Elborne’s work is designed, produced and exhibited to invite viewers into a gentle space of contemplation and reflection.
Elborne has exhibited extensively within Australia; including shows at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (TRAG) in Toowoomba; Artisan, QCA Gallery & The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane; Home at 735 Gallery, Conny Dietzschold Gallery & Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney; the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum & Science Gallery in Melbourne; Australian Parliament House in Canberra and Plimsoll Gallery in Hobart. Elborne’s work has been published and is part of both public and private collections across the globe.
Internationally, Elborne has participated in a number of artist residencies in France, Denmark, Iceland and Japan. Some of which were supported by grants and/or scholarships. Elborne’s work has also been shown in London, Helsinki, Sweden, Copenhagen and Philadelphia.