Treasure Island 2005
Collection: National Gallery of Australia.
The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency.
Courtesy: The Nelson Family Collection.
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.