Herland II

Above: AMY ELIZABETH | ANGEL IN BLUE | Screen print. 56cm x 76cm
Photograph courtesy the artist


The Women’s Library’s second Herland exhibition opened on International Women’s Day 2020. This exhibition, Herland II – Our Land, curated by Freÿa Black, shows work by Australian women artists who responded to the question “How will Women instigate positive change for our land?”.


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Herland II – Our Land

But there is no Herland II. The only land we have is this land. If we destroy this land there is no plan(net) B, no escape route and no way to go back and undo the damage.

In 2019 we witnessed the beginning of change and a shift in the broader consciousness such as the closure of the controversial climb of the Anangu Peoples’ sacred monolith Uluru, school children striking in the streets worldwide — wowing us with their fears and passionate cries to stop and revive our planet so that we may survive and one young girl said ‘How dare you’ to the leaders of the world. But amidst these demonstrations of change we also continue to witness the devastation of our land, our planet.

In 2020, what do you see, what will you do, how will you do it? How will Women instigate positive change for our land?

Herland II: Our Land? is an exhibition which examines the here and now of this great land, our great planet, and how we will care for it, protect it, fight for it. Women artists from around Australia, and beyond, have responded to these statements to create work for this insightful exhibition.

This is herland, this is our land, this is their land.

Herland II respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Gadigal and Wangal Peoples of the Eora Nation and pays respects to their elders of the past, present and those who are emerging.

Herland II: Our Land

A few hundred years ago an assumption – a very false assumption – was made that nature is dead. And the idea of thinking about her as Mother Earth was mistaken and superstitious. With it went the assumption that Women were unproductive, just the background, the second sex, and I think those two things are both related as well as at the root of ecological destruction we see all around us.

Dr Vandana Shiva | Ecologist, scholar and activist