Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

Tony Albert: Brothers

Tony Albert, Brothers, 2013.

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.

Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied the exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts, Sullivan + Strumpf, Carriageworks and Debra and Dennis Scholl.