I, Object

03 Aug 2019 – 21 Jun 2020
GOMA | Gallery 3.5 | Free

‘I, object’ looks at the many complex relationships Indigenous Australian artists have to objects: from the histories informing their creation, to the social and cultural consequences of their collection.

Many Indigenous people consider their cultural objects akin to family or a part of themselves – a physical, tangible product of their cultural inheritances. Throughout the world many museums hold important Indigenous cultural material. These are considered ancestors by many, and are a great source of pride and inspiration. However, their multi-generational housing in public and private collections, is also a great source of cultural loss and trauma.

In this Brisbane exhibition, view works that celebrate the survival of sculptural traditions, works that witness a revival of regional Queensland mark making traditions that has its roots in collected objects, and works that mourn the loss of cultural strength or life when objects are removed from their origin communities. Together, these works and artists help to reshape the ways we relate to objects and a history of objectification.


Craig Koomeeta Apelech brothers 2002

Craig Koomeeta, Australia b.1977 / Apelech brothers 2002 / Carved milkwood with natural pigments / Left figure: 112 x 35 x 15cm; right figure: 124 x 38 x 11cm / Purchased 2002. Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art / © Craig Koomeeta.

David Marpoondin Ku' (Camp dog) 2010

David Marpoondin, Australia b.1968 / Ku' (Camp dog) 2010 / Carved milkwood (Alstonia muellerana) with natural pigments, charcoal, synthetic polymer paint and acrylic binder / 33 x 33 x 15cm / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art / © David Marpoondin.

Michael Boiyool Anning Rainforest shield (scorpion design) and sword 2000-01

Michael Boiyool Anning, Australia b.1955 / Rainforest shield (scorpion design) and sword 2000-01 / Shield: natural pigments on softwood (Alstonia scholaris or Argyrodendron perlatum); sword: natural pigments on hardwood (Xanthostemon whitei), beeswax and resin with bush string / Shield: 104 x 41 x 6cm (irreg.); sword: 130 x 15 x 3.5cm / Purchased 2001. Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art / © Michael Boiyool Anning.

Tony Albert whitewash 2018

Tony Albert, Australia b.1981 / whitewash 2018 / Vintage ashtrays on vinyl lettering / 208.5 x 255cm (installed) / Purchased 2018. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art / © Tony Albert.

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