Being Human, an exhibition by Aboriginal artist Bianca Beetson (Kabi Kabi), features twenty-nine photographic self-portraits that explore the many facets of the artist’s contemporary urban Indigenous identity. Beetson states, “I am a woman, a mother, a wife, a daughter, an aunt, a sister, an artist, an activist, a teacher, a leader, a student, a cook, a cleaner and a nurse…an Aboriginal way of being is deeply imprinted on my DNA.”
Being Human is on exhibition February 12 – May 1, 2016. This exhibition and Beetson’s residency were sponsored by Australia Council for the Arts.
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.
Curated by Kimberley Moulton
August 18, 2015 – January 24, 2016
where the water moves, where it rests is an exhibition featuring bark painting and print by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Djambawa Marawili AM (Yolngu). The detailed works embody Ancestral beings Baru, the crocodile, and Burrit’tji, the rainbow lightening serpent, and are a physical manifestation of the sovereign right over his country, where the fresh water meets the saltwater and all that runs in between.
The art of Djambawa Marawili is a powerful meditation on the strong living culture of Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land, Australia. Through this exhibition, the ever present connection to land, community and culture is expressed and generously shared. Djambawa’s works communicate a deep cultural knowledge that comes from the beginning, from Wangarr; the time before the first morning.