Roa’s latest show, ‘Annihilation’ is on now at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, but due to current circumstances, the exhibition is only available for viewing by appointment only. However, as a special treat for StreetArtNews fans, we have loads of pictures of the install and artworks to share with the rest of the world. Stay tuned to the SAN social media for a book review and upcoming Instagram competition to win a signed copy of ROA’s monograph ‘CODEX

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.”

− Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC ~ 43 BC)

‘The word ‘annihilation’ evokes a sense of finality. To be annihilated is to no longer exist, to experience total obliteration, to become a relic of a history, to live only in memory or fiction. Sadly, this is a concept we are becoming far too familiar with as international headlines and political discourse are increasingly dominated by accounts of natural disasters, the eradication of entire species and their habitats, and the irreparable damage industry is having on our natural environment.’

‘Natural resources are portrayed as nothing more than a source of profit, animals are becoming statistics and the biodiversity of our planet is being constantly reduced as our conscious connection to nature slowly erodes and our inherent survival instincts become increasingly motivated by wholly selfish intentions.

‘Annihilation is ROA challenging us to contemplate our current climate discourse and quietly focus on, observe, and investigate nature. An invitation to reconnect to nature, to empathise, and as the dominant species recognise that the choice is ours alone to ensure all of natures survival, not just our own.’

Annihilation by ROA 

March 20 – April 05

Backwoods Gallery 25 Easey Street, Collingwood, VIC, AUSTRALIA

– Exhibition by private appointment only

– For all enquiries, please email [email protected]

Film Credits: 

Byron Boman Kehoe

Michael Hurren

Trevor Holcomb

Roland Henry

About Roland Henry

Roland Henry is an international writer, curator and contemporary urban art specialist. Previously the Managing Editor of the independent arts magazine, Very Nearly Almost (VNA), he has developed close, personal relationships with artists, gallerists, and creatives worldwide and currently provides content for The Guardian US as well as numerous other publications.Roland is now based in Melbourne, Australia, where he heads up art agency, Studio Supply, in partnership with the former creative director of VNA, Greg Beer. The agency supplies curatorial and PR consultation services to a worldwide network of brands, artists, and creative professionals.

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