PETER GARDNER by Rachel Mounsey

'REGENEROSITY' is an exhibition of new work by Rachel Mounsey that portrays the exuberance of Gippsland’s sustainability landscape and its generous, persistent people.

A snapshot of Gippsland’s people-led response to climate change across a vast region.

CLIMARTE Gallery 3 October to 9 October 2022.  Note: extended open days due to one week show.

REGENEROSITY uses the raw Gippsland landscape its changemakers live in, as the core vision for the show. Discovering the individuals leading change for cleaner ways to live, work, travel, communicate, caring for country took Rachel Mounsey on a 3-month photographic journey of the region.

To the series instigators – the Gippsland Community Power Hub and FLOAT – this show is about the manifesting of sustainability belief and dedication, after a very long haul.

Fuelled by the lifelong local knowledge of the Gippsland Climate Change Network team, this series heralds their collective voice finally tipping the balance towards new energy for Gippsland. A regenerative Gippsland perhaps.

Loving the humble way Gippsland’s sustainability changemakers have lead transition, inspired the series. Mapping out the sectors of sustainability leadership across Gippsland the theme for REGENEROSITY began to flow.

This work focuses on citizen epiphany, local manifestation, and global acclaim (and all the things that happen in between) as a basic tenet for climate change action in a range of contexts : a determined marine biologist in her small hometown, an engineer at his worn desk, a timber miller in forests he’s conserved, a philanthropically inspired café delivering sustainable fine dining, the developer who has blown all our minds with his emission-busting vision, the dairy farmers who have turned the tables on renewable ingenuity.

Through personal encounters, in our much-loved places, this work explores how people’s context shapes, drives, and ultimately makes us stand up for what we want for others,
ourselves, and those to come.

Rachel Mounsey has become one of Gippsland’s most acclaimed photographers. As a resident of Mallacoota in Far East Gippsland, Rachel’s extraordinary photos and compelling community empathy emerged through the story of bushfire devastation during our Black Summer. Since then, she has been accepted into Oculi, one of Australia’s most successful photographic collectives, and more recently entered all of our homes through the ABC documentary – People’s Republic of Mallacoota. Legend.