Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

28 July – 10 November 2018

“We defy: By existing; By determining our identity; By asserting our histories; our culture; our language; By telling our stories, our way; By being one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world." – Tina Baum, NGA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 

Bringing together works by 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country, Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal people as Australians for the first time. It highlights the strength and resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day. 

TONY ALBERT | BROOK ANDREW | SEBASTIAN ARROW | DANIEL BOYD | MAREE CLARKE | MEGAN COPE | BRENDA L. CROFT | KARLA DICKENS | BLAK DOUGLAS | FIONA FOLEY | JULIE GOUGH | LOLA GREENO | DALE HARDING | SANDRA HILL | JONATHAN JONES | RAY KEN | YVONNE KOOLMATRIE | NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI | ARCHIE MOORE | LAURIE NONA | RUSTY PETERS | REKO RENNIE | BRIAN ROBINSON | YHONNIE SCARCE | KEN THAIDAY SR | JUDY WATSON | VICKI WEST | JASON WING | PEDRO WONAEAMIRRI | RAYMOND ZADA


Issues of identity, racism, displacement, Country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the Stolen Generations are explored through many media: from painting on canvas and bark, to weaving and sculpture, and video, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork.

This major survey exhibition celebrates the continued excellence and diversity of Indigenous practice today.

Opening

Friday 27 July 6.15 for 6.30 pm

To be opened by
Professor Bronwyn Fredericks
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

RSVP by Monday 23 July 

Public Programs

A morning with Tina Baum, curator, Defying Empire and artist Yhonnie Scarce  
Saturday 28 July 11.00 am
Join curator Tina Baum for a tour of Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial. Get the inside scoop on Tina’s process in selecting artworks to create this thought-provoking exhibition. Hear what artist Yhonnie Scarce  has to say about her own processes in making the artwork displayed in Defying Empire. On-the-spot prizes for the most interesting and thought provoking questions. More

Occupation: Native​ Screening
Thursday 2 August 3.00 pm
As part of the 2018 UQ NAIDOC Arts, Music and Culture Festival The UQ Art Museum and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit present Occupation: Native. This powerful and entertaining film divulges into Australia’s one-sided white history. Through Trisha Morton-Thomas’ perspective, Occupation: Native highlights what has been missing from Australian history books. More

2018 UQ Naidoc Music Culture Art Festival
Thursday 2 August 3.00 pm 
The UQ NAIDOC Music Culture Art Festival will be held at UQ St Lucia Campus on Thursday the 2nd of August 2018. We invite you to join with us to celebrate this year’s theme, “Because of her, we can” with talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers, artists, dancers and 98.9FM Wild Black Women. Heading up the music line-up is Baker Boy, Yolungu hip hop sensation, with Tia Gostelow and Benny Walker. Food trucks, arts, crafts and much more will available on the lawns and Art Museum. More.


Media

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    Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial is a National Gallery of Australia Exhibition.

              

    The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges funding support from the Visions of Australia touring and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Programs, both Australian Government programs aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

    This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of
     

    Thank you to our annual sponsor 

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    Image

Jason Wing
Captain James Crook 2013 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2013