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7 November 2015 - 21 February 2016

Michael Cook Through My Eyes 2010

Resistance is a presentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and worldviews about contemporary Indigenous life.

It features Indigenous knowledge systems and commentary on Indigenous experiences, histories, cultures and people. It highlights the importance of ‘voice’ to combat voicelessness and invisibility — conditions that are regularly experienced by Indigenous peoples and minorities around the world.

Resistance, the exhibition, mirrors the efforts of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who perform everyday acts of resistance. Resistance includes works of art that speak to contemporary Indigenous life. Although these works of art may seem more like an everyday act rather than an act of resistance, the unspoken social norms that insist Indigenous people stay silent, and subsequently voiceless, are still in operation today. Through art, the artists are countering these norms and consolidating new ground for themselves and others who may have more freedom to speak.

The artists represented in the show broadly touch on some of the key themes in contemporary Indigenous art and life. Artists include Shane Pickett, Julie Dowling, Laurel Nannup, Phyllis Thomas, Michael Cook, Christian Thompson and Sandra Hill.

Lin Onus John Bulun Bulun 1989 Sandra Hill Home-maker #4 2010

Michael Cook

From Through My Eyes 2010

Inkjet print,
50 x 40 cm (each image), suite of 27 works
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011

Lin Onus
John Bulun Bulun 1989
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
182.5 x 182.3 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1990

Sandra Hill
Home-maker #4 2010
oil on canvas
91.4 x 76.2 cm (irregular)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011
© Sandra Hill, 2010




 

 


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