My history: This land is mine / This land is me

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ (GOMA 2013) examines strengths within the Queensland Art Gallery collection of Indigenous art and recognises three main central themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander versions of history; responses to contemporary politics and experiences; and connections to place. These themes are expressed in the…

My life: This land is mine / This land is me

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ examines strengths within the Queensland Art Gallery collection of Indigenous art and recognises three main central themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander versions of history; responses to contemporary politics and experiences; and connections to place. These themes are expressed in the three main…

My country: This land is mine / This land is me

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ examines strengths within the Queensland Art Gallery collection of Indigenous art and recognises three main central themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander versions of history; responses to contemporary politics and experiences; and connections to place. These themes are expressed in the three main…

My Country: This land is mine / This land is me

The opening two verses of this epic song about Australian life, by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly, provide an insightful glimpse into a critical dichotomy in Australian history and society — a dichotomy that is at the heart of the 2013 exhibition ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’. This…

Kangaroo Crew and The Sacred Hill

Brisbane-based artist Gordon Hookey was commissioned to develop a large-scale interactive exhibition for children. Hookey spoke to Tamsin Cull, Senior Program Officer, Children’s Art Centre. The Children’s Art Centre exhibition ‘Kangaroo Crew’ is based on Hookey’s narrative The Sacred Hill, about four kangaroos who work together to reclaim their homeland. The story is present throughout the exhibition…

Tell it like it is

From June until late October, the Gallery presents its largest exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, which aims to facilitate what Carly Lane describes as a ‘truly national conversation about nationhood’. Celebrate the opening weekend on Saturday 1 June by enjoying a day of discussions, workshops and talks by artists, performers, writers and curators ending with with…