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Culture Warriors

Taking the Land Away

Daniel Boyd, Treasure Island 2005  

Daniel Boyd
Kudjla/Gangalu peoples
Treasure Island 2005
Purchased 2006
Collection: National Gallery of Australia.
The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency.

Christopher Pease, Target 2005

Christopher Pease
Minang/Wardandi/Balardong/Nyoongar peoples
Target 2005
Courtesy: The Nelson Family Collection.
Banner image:
HJ Wedge | Wiradjuri peoples | Taking the land away (detail) 2006 | Synthetic polymer paint on canvas | Courtesy of The Big River Collection, Tasmania | © H.J. Wedge

Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial

14 February – 10 May 2009 Galleries 3.3 & 3.4, GoMA

‘Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial’ is the inaugural exhibition in a series by the National Gallery of Australia celebrating contemporary Indigenous Australian art.

Taking the recent ‘Culture Wars’ or ‘History Wars’ waged over interpretations of the Indigenous history/culture of Australia as a starting point, the exhibition showcases works by artists across the country in different genres and media. Here, each work asserts a right to place, culture or history, placing each of the artists as vital players in these ongoing debates — they are all Indigenous Culture Warriors.

The exhibition showcases five senior artists — Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Philip Gudthaykudthay, John Mawurndjul, Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek and Arthur Pambegan Jr — and ten of the thirty artists included are from Queensland.

The exhibition catalogue for 'Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial' is available from the Gallery Store or can be purchased online.

Culture Warriors’ is a National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition.