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'Not an animal or plant' lecture by Vernon Ah Kee at the NAS GalleryArtist Vernon Ah Kee discusses his exhibition 'not an animal or a plant' at the National Art School Gallery and reflect on the 1967 referendum: what it meant for him and his family and what has changed 50 years on. This exhibition, Ah Kee’s largest to date, is a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and ideologies. The project marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in Australia which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and included them in the census. 2017 also marks Ah Kee’s 50th birthday. When he was born in far north Queensland he was not counted as a citizen.Through masterful drawings of his forebears to text-based installations and paintings, Ah Kee delivers provocative investigation of contemporary Australian culture.
(image taken from Sydney Festival)
The art of Papunya Tula, commonly known as “dot painting,” is internationally renowned. Mr. Patterns tells the story of Geoff Bardon who, together with the Papunya artists, was a catalyst for what many consider one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century.
Posted as an art teacher to the government settlement at Papunya in Australia's Western Desert, the young Bardon found more than 1000 Aboriginal people living in a state of dislocation, their culture being systematically wiped out through 'assimilation'. He encouraged the people to paint their traditional designs using western materials rather than copy European imagery. (image and summary from DER)
This 4 part documentary series explores the story of how people arrived and thrived on our continent. With startling new archaeological discoveries revealing how the first Australians adapted, migrated, fought and created in dramatically changing environments. (image and summary taken from abc shop)
Up in the sky: Tracey Moffatt in New York
Moffatt was the first Australian to exhibit at the gallery and her exhibition, Free-Falling, from October 1997 to June 1998, took the New York art world by storm."Moffatt explains her influences and intellectual themes, she gives our camera exclusive insight into her thoughts and her daily dealings in New York. Gradually the viewer pieces together her fascinating narratives and come to understand her world and her vision." - Jane Cole. (image and summary taken from Ronin films)
Two thirds sky
A unique cinematic portrait of the heart of Australia, Two Thirds Sky reveals different ways of seeing the Australian desert. It follows the creative journeys of five contemporary artists - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - from blank canvas to finished painting. Peter Sharp, Jenny Sages, Idris Murphy, Judy Watson and Gloria Petyarre...the documentary follows the creative journeys of these contemporary artists from blank canvas to finished painting. Each has a different relationship to the land they paint yet all are attempting to express their identity and sense of belonging through their work, drawing inspiration and meaning from their surroundings. Combined with stunning images of the landscape, this is an unusual insight into the connections between art and place and our changing attitudes to Australia's beautiful yet harsh outback. (image and summary from NFSA)