A MURRIALITY is the first survey of renowned Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey. It charts three decades of practice where artmaking and activism unify.
Gordon Hookey’s work is best known for its:
- biting satire of Australian culture and politics
- witty critique of racism
- an exploration of oral and image-based history-making traditions.
Across sculpture, printmaking, video, and large-scale painting, the exhibition presents perspectives on historical and contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through the lens of Hookey’s lived experience as a Murri person, his work explores:
- legal injustice
- international conflict
- cultural representations
- and language.
A MURRIALITY features a new commission that draws inspiration from Hookey’s vast collection of political posters and continues his acclaimed series of protest banners.
Made for Invasion Day marches and rallies recognising Aboriginal resistance fighter Dundalli, Hookey’s banners provide timely socio-political commentary while also imagining an empowered Indigenous future.
Curated by Liz Nowell and José Da Silva.
Developed in partnership by UNSW Galleries and the Institute of Modern Art, the national tour is supported by the Visions of Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Gordon Darling Foundation, IMA Commissioners Circle, and UNSW Commissioners Circle with support from Museums & Galleries Queensland.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Image: Gordon Hookey, hoogah boogah, 2005, Card and paint stencil, 78 x 69cm, courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.