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Song in a Strange Land

This exhibition comprises a suite of oil paintings by Ron Wilson that explore
the music and migration experience
of the Arauco Libre band,
celebrating their thirtieth anniversary in Hobart.

When a group of political exiles from Chile arrived in Hobart thirty years ago last November, a band called Arauco Libre was formed. They played the haunting music of their homeland, music of the Andes, with its distinctive instruments including the pan flute, charango and bombo. Salamanca Market became their theatre and for the next 23 years every Saturday morning Arauco Libre seduced the crowd with their songs about justice, longing for homeland and hope for the future. Using the genre of still life, the exhibition reflects on how the instruments can communicate these ideals.

Friday 13 – Tuesday 17 April 2018
11:00am – 4:00pm daily

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Thursday 12 April 2018 @ 6:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Dr Llewellyn Negrin, UTAS

Sunday afternoon with Andean-inspired music
Sunday 15 April 2018, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Join us for afternoon tea and a demonstration of Andean instruments and music, with the opportunity for a Q&A with Arauco Libre musican and the artist.


Image Credits:
Ron Wilson. Strange land (2018). 90 x 120 cm, oil on hardboard.
Ron Wilson. Venezuelan quatro (2018).  90 x 60 cm, oil on hardboard.
Ron Wilson. The bombo (2018). 90 x 75 cm, oil on hardboard.
Ron Wilson. Sikus (2018). 90 x 60 cm, oil on hardboard.

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