'Outside of the land, looking in': Van Gogh's Seasons through Indigenous eyes

By Tyson Yunkaporta

In the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition, we see Van Gogh’s seasons as an economic cycle, rather than a natural one

The National Gallery of Victoria’s expansive Vincent van Gogh exhibition, Seasons, begins for me out the front of the building, where a shivering worker is up to his armpits in the fountain, floundering amid rotting leaves that have fallen from foreign deciduous trees.

It brings to mind that longstanding western conflict between nature and industrial landscapes, which are maintained by the struggling peasantry in an endless economic battle with land and weather.

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Source: ‘Outside of the land, looking in': Van Gogh’s Seasons through Indigenous eyes


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