Darkness on the Edge of Town

Christopher Pease, Balga Resin (2008) (detail), 217 x 303.5 cm, Artbank collection purchased 2008

This August, Artbank collaborates with West Australian curator Clothilde Bullen on an exhibition at Artbank in Sydney: Darkness on the Edge of Town. Drawing largely from Artbank’s significant collection of Indigenous Australian art, Clothilde’s curatorial narrative explores themes of racism, dispossession and the role of art in Indigenous communities.

Clothilde has drawn together works from the Artbank collection, to create a discourse around contemporary art created by Indigenous Australian artists being viewed as a persuasive tool for change. Clothilde’s view is that Indigenous art can take a powerful stance as it relates to the idea that Aboriginal voices and black lives matter. Her exhibition lends clarity to this concept by displaying works by artists whose narrative is characterised by a sense of unapologetically ‘standing in their own truth’.

The exhibition features works by some of the most important Indigenous contemporary artists in Australia today: Balga Resin (2008) by Christopher Pease; What are you saying (2007) by Clinton Nain, Agula in the Antbed (2006) by GILGI, God is on our side (1991) by Karen Casey and Borun Inside My Brain (1998) by Lesley Murray.

When: 18 August-12 November 2016, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Artbank Gallery, 222 Young Street, Waterloo


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