Esperanto | Author: Harry Newell

Newell Harry is an Australian-born artist of South African and Mauritian descent. Over the past decade Harry’s projects have drawn from an intimate web of recurring travels and connections across Oceania and the wider Asia-Pacific, to South Africa’s Western Cape Province where his extended family continue to reside. From Pidgin and Creole languages to modes of exchange in the ‘gift economies’ of the South Pacific, Harry’s work often references the cultural agitation brought about by colonial migration and the associated complexity of identity, nomadism, dislocation and myths.

This publication documents Harry’s largest solo project to date, Esperanto, a major exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). The project and the publication present newly conceived works alongside existing artworks, objects and artefacts in a network that also includes specially sourced texts, and resource and archival materials. The book also features illuminating texts by Michael Moran, Djon Mundine, Jasmin Stephens and an extended interview between James Gatt and Newell Harry.

18.5 x 24 cm
156 pages