Defying Empire at the National Gallery of Australia
- When 26 May - 10 Sep 2017
Parkes Place, Parkes ACT 2600
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“We defy: by existing; by determining our identity; by asserting our histories, our culture, our language; by telling our stories, our way; by being one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world." Tina Baum, exhibition curator of Defying Empire and National Gallery of Australia (NGA) curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
The National Gallery of Australia's 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial titled Defying Empire highlights new and existing works by 30 leading contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the nation.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as citizens for the first time, this powerful exhibition celebrates and explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day.
On display are incisive artworks examining issues of identity, racism, displacement, Country, nuclear testing, sovereignty, and the Stolen Generations through many media, including painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, new media, prints, photography, metalwork, and glasswork.
This groundbreaking project is the largest survey yet at the NGA and it highlights the continued richness and diversity of Indigenous practice today.
Participating artists include; Tony Albert (UNSW Art & Design Bowen Bungaree Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Residency Recipient), Brook Andrew (UNSW Art & Design), Sebastian Arrow, Daniel Boyd, Maree Clarke, Megan Cope, Brenda L. Croft (UNSW Art & Design), Karla Dickens, Blak Douglas, Fiona Foley, Julie Gough, Lola Greeno, Dale Harding, Sandra Hill, Jonathan Jones (UNSW Art & Design), Ray Ken, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Nonggirrnga Marawili, Archie Moore, Laurie Nona, Rusty Peters, Reko Rennie, Brian Robinson, Yhonnie Scarce, Ken Thaiday Snr, Judy Watson, Vicki West, Jason Wing, Pedro Wonaemirri, Raymond Zada.