In Lost Territories: a curation in progress with Kate Brehme

‘What the map cuts up, the story cuts across.’

Michel de Certeau.


'Landscape can be deceptive. Sometimes a landscape seems to be less a setting for the life of its inhabitants than a curtain behind which their struggles, achievements and accidents take place. For those who, with the inhabitants, are behind the curtain, landmarks are no longer only geographic but also biographical and personal.'

John Berger, A Fortunate Man.


‘A photograph is both a pseudo-presence and a token of absence.'

Susan Sontag, On Photography.


Olmi and Brehme collaborate on ‘In Lost Territories’ as artist and curator on opposites sides of the world. Olmi is a non-Australian currently living in Melbourne and making work about the Australian landscape. Brehme is an Australian who resides in Berlin (via Scotland). It was in Scotland that the two met and began the conversation that has led to this project. For Olmi it is an opportunity to explore her work through the eyes of another: Brehme’s own memories of her childhood create a view of her homeland that is at once objective, situated as she is, outside of it, and intensely personal.