Bringing together leading Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to re-evaluate the history of colonisation and its impact on Indigenous Australians, Re-visioning Histories opens at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre from 18 June 2016.
Curated by Indigenous artist Yhonnie Scarce and Curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Claire Watson, the exhibition employs the colonial past of the gallery as its starting point to discuss the many potent issues around the history of colonisation and its impact on Indigenous Australians.
Re-visioning Histories asks Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to explore these histories, the symbolism of the site, and the complex issues Indigenous Australians live with today. It will also provide an opportunity for new stories to be created and a renewed sense of the site as a space for celebrating Indigenous culture and art.
Artists include: Fergus Binns, Megan Cope, Vicki Couzens, Nici Cumpston (SA), Will French (NSW), Dale Harding (QLD), Anna Liebzeit, Steaphan Paton, Steven Rhall and Yhonnie Scarce. A number of artists have been commissioned to respond specifically to the site including works by Anna Liebzeit, and a collaboration between Fergus Binns and Steven Rhall, whilst other works have been loaned from major institutions.
“Re-visioning Histories provides the opportunity to explore and connect with Indigenous stories from the past within a contemporary context,” says co-curators Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson. “We wanted to enable a deeper interrogation into Australian identity and open paths to reconciliation through an open and respectful dialogue between Indigenous and non–Indigenous artists.”
“We hope that the exhibition provides new ways for people to explore the many angles and facets to viewing the story of colonialism in Australia and the long-lasting effects on Indigenous populations, their culture and way of life.”
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora
Exhibition: 18 June – 21 August 2016
For more information, visit: www.bundoorahomestead.com for details.
Image: Steaphan Paton, Cognitive Dissonance #2 2015 Acrylic on cotton and wool. Courtesy of the artist.