James Tylor: From An Untouched Landscape

  July 1, 2022 - August 6, 2023

  Kluge-Ruhe Focus Gallery


Artist James Tylor highlights under-told and unseen histories of Aboriginal peoples. Knowing Australia has been known by many names to many peoples, Tylor takes an expansive approach to photographing the landscape by incorporating his Kaurna Miyurna knowledge into his practice using both old and new technologies. In Tylor’s hands, photography, once used to survey Aboriginal lands and peoples, becomes a way to indigenize landscapes.

From an Untouched Landscape was Tylor’s first solo exhibition in the United States and was curated by Marina Tyquiengco (Col ’11), the inaugural Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator of Native American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


The removal of Aboriginal cultures due to colonisation has left the appearance that Australia was ‘Untouched’ before European arrival.


James Tylor is an Australian multi-disciplinary contemporary visual artist, whose practice explores Australian environment, culture and social history. He works in mixed media, including photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, sound, scents and food. He was born in Victoria, spent his childhood in New South Wales, and then moved to the Kimberley region in his adolescent years. After training and working as a carpenter in Australia and Denmark, he completed a Bachelors of Visual Arts and a Masters in Visual Arts and Design, both in Photography, at the South Australian School of Art, as well as an Honors in Fine Arts in Photography at the Tasmanian School of Art. He has researched Indigenous and European colonial history with a focus on South Australia. He is an experienced writer, designer, curator, historian, researcher, art gallery installation and museum collection conservator. James currently works as a professional visual artist in Canberra.

Photo by Tony Kearney.


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To view or download a pdf of the exhibition catalog, click the link below:

James Tylor Catalog


This exhibition has been sponsored by Australia Council for the Arts, the Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC, and the Honorable Nick Greiner, Australian Consul-General, New York.