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Primitive man in the wild to go on show

Hayden Fowler’s new exhibit opens today. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEA world premiere will take place at Western Plains Cultural Centre today when a new exhibition by contemporary artist Hayden Fowler is unveiled.
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‘The Long Forgetting’ is a three channel video work exploring the modern and the primitive, with figures trapped in a stylised cave acting out rituals of hidden, or perhaps forgotten, meaning.

The official opening of the exhibition will take place at 2pm when curator Kent Buchanan will interview Hayden about his work and practice.

Born in New Zealand, Hayden is based in Sydney. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of New South Wales college of fine arts as well as an earlier degree in biology.

Hayden researched and produced ‘The Long Forgetting’ during a year of study in Germany.

He underwent genetic testing to identify his own Palaeolithic culture of origin and visited a number of relevant cave sites across Spain, France and Germany.

“The project explores western pre-civilisation tribal culture and deals with the placement of human beings in the context of nature,’’ Hayden said.

“Western Plains Cultural Centre is a great place to show it.’’

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