Dylan Mooney: Blak Superheroes

Until 27th February, 2022

Museum of Brisbane

Dylan Mooney’s artworks tell stories of survival, pride and power.

“Blak Superheroes addresses and amplifies stories of representation, creating change that uplifts ourselves and mob. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have had important roles through history to present day. Blak characters’ representation in history has always been in the background, never the focal point, and characterised by racist stereotypes. These works reflect the resilience, innovation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to not only survive, but to thrive in so-called Australia”. – Dylan Mooney.

In his series Blak Superheroes, proud Yuwi, Torres Strait Islander and Australian-born South Sea Island man, Dylan Mooney depicts First Nations characters in a dynamic comic-book style.

Incorporating a combination of drawing, printmaking and street art, Dylan’s work is inspired by history, culture and community. He is a leader in the medium of digital illustration and creates characters that reflect the LGBTQIA+ community, while always referencing the strength and continuation of culture.

Dylan Mooney is a Yuwi man from Mackay, Queensland, Torres Strait Islander from Darnley Island and Australian-born South Sea Islander. His practice includes digital illustration, drawing, printmaking and street art inspired by history, culture, family and community stories. Dylan uses his art practice to share stories of what it is like to be an Indigenous person in modern Australia. Within his various mediums, he captures the struggles and hardships First Nations peoples have endured, while always telling a story of resilience, survival and how far Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander peoples have come.

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