The Dangling in the romp group exhibition was on at Perth, Western Australia’s Pet Projects, opening December 23 and running to February 28.
Organised by George Egerton-Warburton and featuring the work of Anonymous, Brian Fuata, Marc Kokopeli, Megan Plunkett, Zac Segbedzi and Amy Yao, the show’s press release comes with a photo of a berry farm residence in the town of Silvan in the Australian state of Victoria. It’s a photo of a home that refers to an eerie account of a real-life urban legend of the Tromp family.
“City folk head into the bush and get lost, metaphorically and physically,” writes Chris Johnston, author of the Sydney Morning Herald article featured in the exhibition text. The piece places the event — where the Tromp’s went missing in the Australian wilderness, only to be found with little recollection of what transpired — in a pop cultural and historical context of toxic masculinity and European colonialism.**