‘We Can Be Heroes’ explores how we can empower ourselves

 

Tony Albert, one of the most exciting young Indigenous Australian artists working today, presents his interactive exhibition ‘We Can Be Heroes’ at the Children’s Art Centre, GOMA. Starring the children of Warakurna – an Aboriginal community in Western Australia, near the border shared with the Northern Territory – he explores how we can empower ourselves by overcoming our fears.

Albert is interested in how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are depicted in Australian culture and explores these depictions using many different materials and art forms – drawing and painting, text and assemblage, film and photography, as well as installations. In his work, he often works closely with other artists, communities and organisations. He believes that one of the best ways to learn from and connect with people is to live and work together.

We Can Be Heroes

Tony Albert, David C Collins and Brittany Malbunka Reid / Warakurna – Superheroes #6 2017 / Archival pigment print on paper, edition of 3 + 2AP / 100 x 150cm / Collection: The artist / © The artist
Tony Albert, David C Collins and Renisha Ward-Yates / Warakurna – Superheroes #3 2017 / Archival pigment print on paper, edition of 3 + 2AP / 100 x 150 cm / Collection: The artist / © The artist

Albert collaborated with children and artists from Warakurna to create a number of artworks including the photographic series Warakurna – Superheroes 2017 and illuminated paintings featuring the Mamu, the fearful trickster spirits found in Warakurna.

As part of ‘We Can Be Heroes’, young visitors can create their own digital superhero identity in Warakurna Warriors, assemble a monster using collage sheets designed by the artist in Monster Mash, and bring creatures of the artist’s imagination to life in Creepy Crawlies.

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Feature image: Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Lawson / Warakurna – Superheroes #1 2017 / Archival pigment print on paper, edition of 3 + 2AP / 100 x 150cm / Collection: The artist / © The artist

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