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Cartonography is the name created by artist Sean Rafferty to describe the process of collecting
and mapping Australian fruit and vegetable cartons. In his practice, Rafferty uses processes of
collecting, mapping and archiving to search for meanings in the ways that places are represented.
The Cartonography collection of fruit cartons, which is mapped in various ways, functions as a
research archive of fruit carton artwork that speaks – both knowingly and unconsciously – for where
the cartons are from.
In his project for the Shepparton Festival, Rafferty will present an installation as a form of map,
composed of cartons collected in the Shepparton farming region. During his time collecting directly
from farmers in the lead–up to the festival, Rafferty will also be documenting the farms and their
stories, which will be added to Cartonography’s digital collection database (which is included in the
National Library of Australia’s online resource, Trove) alongside each of the cartons.
Visitors to the installation will be able to view the collected materials of each carton on smart phone
or tablet. The installation will merge processes of collecting, mapping, archiving and story telling. It
also promises to be very colourful!
If you would like to contribute cartons to the project please contact Sean on 0406 073 685.
Supported by Arts NSW.