Contemporary Art from Black Australia.

July 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

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The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is currently exhibiting an exciting, wide range of indigenous art and film.

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ is the Gallery’s largest exhibition of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to date. The exhibition examines the strengths of the Gallery’s holdings and explores three central themes — presenting Indigenous views of history (My history), responding to contemporary politics and experiences (My life), and illustrating connections to place (My country).

From paintings and sculptures about ancestral epicentres to photographs and moving-image works that interrogate and challenge the established history of Australia, to installations responding to political and social situations affecting all Australians, the thread that binds these artists is their collective desire to share their experiences and tell their stories.

GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, in conjunction with the ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home’ exhibition is hosting ‘My Life As I Live It: First Peoples and Black Cinema’, an exciting survey of first peoples and black cinema from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and United Kingdom. At the centre of this program is a history of Indigenous Australian cinema shown alongside works that resonate internationally addressing themes of identity, culture and rights.

The program takes its title from Essie Coffey’s landmark documentary about contemporary Aboriginal experience. Coffey made some of the first documentaries to be directed by an Indigenous Australian about Indigenous experience. Her works are representative of the way indigenous and black filmmakers have used film and video since the late 1970s for self-representation and self-empowerment. The program celebrates these path-breaking films and filmmakers and also offers an opportunity to discover important new voices internationally.

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ is exhibited 1 June – 7 October 2013

‘My Life As I Live It: First Peoples and Black Cinema’ is exhibited 1 June – 1 September 2013.

Both exhibitions are free entry for the public.

http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/current/my_country

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