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Hinterlands

Until 30 April 2023

Level 3 Northumbria University Gallery

Hinterlands is a group exhibition that invites us to consider our relationship with the land and its ecosystems. The artists showcased explore complex histories, mythologies, legacies and potential futures for its custodianship.

The show considers the landscape of the North East, its histories, mythologies and legacies and potential futures for custodianship. New commissions and existing works by artists connected with the area reflect on ideas of rootedness and belonging, human and more-than-human relationships, boundaries, land and time in the era of the climate emergency.

The idea of hinterlands – the land away from the coast or the banks of a river – is at the core of the exhibition, which explores what lies beyond the visible or known. Considering land and place as a complex layering of relationships, the exhibition will explore these ideas through innovative artistic processes and approaches, including through the possibilities of materials and contexts: geological, biological and social, shaped and hardened by history.

Emily Hesse (27 April 1980 - 4 November 2022
We are sad to share the news of artist Emily Hesse’s passing. Emily (27 April 1980 - 4 November 2022) was a profoundly gifted and imaginative artist with a fierce intellect and passion for the North East. She had a unique voice and played an important role in the area’s cultural scene. We are thinking of her family and friends at this sad time. Emily’s work is currently on display at Baltic on Level 3 as part of the group exhibition Hinterlands. A book condolence will be on Level 3 from Wednesday 9 November 2022.

Artists:

Michele Allen, Uma Breakdown, Jo Coupe, Foundation Press, Laura Harrington, Emily Hesse, Alexandra Hughes, Dawn Felicia Knox, Mani Kambo, Sheree Angela Matthews, Anne Vibeke Mou and Sabina Sallis.


Accessibility

We are committed to making our exhibitions as accessible and inclusive as possible. Below are resources and alternative ways to explore Hinterlands. You can find out more about accessibility at Baltic here. If you need any help while visiting the exhibition, please talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Crew team. They will be present in the exhibition room near the entrance.

Website

You can use Recite Me, a web accessibility and language toolbar, across BALTIC's website to make web pages, text and documents more accessible for you. The Recite Me toolbar includes text read aloud or translated into 35 different languages. You can find Recite Me on the top left corner of the page, click the 'Accessibility Tools' button.

Visual Story

Find out what to expect when visiting this exhibition with a Visual Story guide - a guide with words and pictures. It is sometimes called a Social Narrative.

Exhibition guides

Download the exhibition guide here

Download a Large Print version of the exhibition guide as a pdf here or a Word document here.

Further information

Hinterlands is a group exhibition that invites us to consider our relationship with the land and its ecosystems. Rooted in the landscape of the North East of England, the exhibition explores its histories, legacies, mythologies and potential futures for its custodianship. Considering land and place as a complex layering of relationships, it explores this idea through the possibilities of materials and contexts: geological, biological and social, shaped and hardened by history.

Reflecting on the idea of hinterlands, or what lies beyond the visible or known, the exhibition brings together new and existing works by artists connected with the region. They engage with how the landscape has been occupied through processes of power, oppression and violence. They consider the role of alchemy, witchcraft and folklore, seeking sensitive thresholds, and collapsing boundaries. Foregrounding the land’s own agency, the works in the exhibition address these questions through the artist’s processes, which include witnessing, human and more-than-human relationships, speculative fiction and world-building.