Artist inspired by Soldier’��s experience

Powerful images: artist Thea Costantino.
Powerful images: artist Thea Costantino.

FOR the next few months, the John Curtin Gallery will present an exhibition by artist and academic Thea Costantino.

From June 5 to September 6, Costantino’s solo exhibition, Foreign Soil, will run at the Bentley gallery.

The exhibition offers an alternative narrative for the centenary of World War I, with Costantino using her grandfather’s experience as an Italian soldier as inspiration.

She delves into the tragedy of war and the legacy of migrant histories within Australia.

The exhibition analyses the political power shaping the war and its commemoration.

John Curtin Gallery director Chris Malcolm said that Costantino’s work explored how we commemorate war through the personal lens of her own family history.

“Her Italian ancestry provides compelling insight into the impact of the Great War in contrast to the way Australia’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations are negotiated,” Mr Malcolm said.

“Costantino continues to develop her remarkable ability to produce work of great emotional power and lasting visual impact.”

Personal artefacts and photographs as well as archived information helped Costantino create her body of work.

The Curtin University graduate utilises sculpture, drawing, photography and writing to tell a story.

Costantino received the Galerie Düsseldorf/Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of her PhD work in 2010.

Foreign Soil will run in conjunction with Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self.

For inquiries or more information about the exhibition, visit www.johncurtingallery.curtin. edu.au or telephone 9266 4155.