February 12 – May 1, 2016
Being Human was an exhibition by Aboriginal artist “Bianca Beetson”: http://biancabeetson.blogspot.com/ (Kabi Kabi) that featured twenty-nine photographic self-portaits that explore 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.”
Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.
Curated by Kimberley Moulton
August 18, 2015 – January 24, 2016
where the water moves, where it rests was an exhibition that featured bark painting, hollow log sculptures, and a print by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Djambawa Marawili AM (Yolngu). The detailed works embody the ancestral beings Baru, the crocodile, and Burrit’tji, the rainbow lightning serpent. Through this exhibition, Yolngu people’s ever-present connection to land, community, and culture was expressed and generously shared. Djambawa’s works communicate a deep cultural knowledge that comes from Wangarr (the beginning), or the time before the first morning.
Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Maria T. Kluge, the National Gallery of Australia, and Wesfarmers.
May 29 – August 16, 2015
Tony Albert ’s Brothers engages issues of race, police violence, discrimination and identity. These works feature portraits of young Aboriginal men with targets painted onto their chests. Albert added designs and symbols that he associates with strength and resistance. Albert (Girramay) was inspired by events that took place in Sydney in 2012, wherein two teenage Aboriginal joyriders were shot and injured at the hands of 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 experiences of being racially targeted. It also refers to the stereotypes applied to Aboriginal people as a result of government policies, such as the Northern Territory Intervention. Moving Targets, a 2015 film depicting a dance commissioned by Albert and choreographed by Stephen Page of Bangarra Dance Theatre, was also featured in this exhibition.
Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts, Sullivan + Strumpf, Carriageworks and Debra and Dennis Scholl.