May 29 – August 16, 2015
Tony Albert’s Brothers engaged with issues of race, police violence, discrimination and identity. These works feature portraits of young Aboriginal men with targets painted onto their chests. Albert has added designs and symbols he associates with strength and resistance. Albert was inspired by events that took place in Sydney in 2012, where two teenage Aboriginal joyriders were shot and injured by police. Following this, a protest was held at Sydney’s Town Hall, and friends of the victims appeared with targets drawn on their chests. For Albert, the target symbolizes the daily experience of being targeted because of race. It also refers to the blanket stereotypes applied to Aboriginal people as a result of government policies such as the Northern Territory Intervention. Moving Targets, a film depicting a dance commissioned by Albert from choreographer Stephen Page of Bangarra Dance Theatre, was also shown in the exhibition.
This project was assisted by Australia Council for the Arts, Sullivan + Strumpf, Carriageworks, and Debra and Dennis Scholl.
January 20 – May 17, 2015
This selection of fourteen prints are the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the contemporary Western Desert art movement, which launched Aboriginal art into the international art world in the 1970s and 80s. The artists featured in New Narratives are the descendants of the founders of this movement. The partnership between Papunya Tjupi and Cicada Press marks the addition of the new medium of printmaking into Papunya’s art history.
August 29 – December 21, 2014
In the fall of 2014 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection presented Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam). Gurari brought together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that serve as a visual memoir of Mer (Murray Island) as his home. The sculptures are made of a wide variety of materials, from raffia and feathers to beer cans and wrought iron. The works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait Islanders today, such as multigenerational alcoholism and the impact of the Anglican mission on the Island. The exhibition also honored the rich cultural heritage of Meriam people and Idagi’s own personal resilience.
This exhibition was presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts and Vivien Anderson Gallery.