Episode 49: Mandy Quadrio

Justine Youssef in conversation with Mandy Quadrio about her exhibition Here lies lies at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's Bond Store Basement as part of Hobiennale 2019.

Photo of Mandy standing with her installation of a boat made from steel wool
Photo by Louis Lim

Mandy Quadrio is a contemporary artist and doctoral candidate at Queensland College of the Arts with Griffith University. Her multidisciplinary practice is intertwined with her proud Palawa identity in her ancestral country of Tebrakunna, Coastal Plains Nation on the lands colonially referred to as North-East of Tasmania. 

In this podcast, Mandy talks to Justine Youssef about her exhibition Here lies lies, an intersection of her engagement with land, sea and her relationship to colonising outcomes.

Mandy’s sculptures draw reference from traditional boat forms, whilst harsh steel wool overlays address the brutalities of colonisation. These structures become literal and metaphorical vessels for navigating a complex and contorted history.

Here lies lies brings attention to the myths, denials and blatant inaccuracies of our history. Specifically on country in Tebrakunna (north-east Tasmania), where Mandy’s history rests and is still lied about, she works to journey her story forward.

Here lies lies was presented at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's Bond Store Basement by Outer Space (Qld) as part of Hobiennale 2019