Not An Animal Or A Plant

Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant, installation view at NAS Gallery, 2017: L to R: Lynching I 2015 charcoal and crayon on linen 300 x 200 cm; Authors of Devastation 2016 digital prints on custom-made surfboards 180 x 40 cm, courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Lex Wotton 2013 charcoal and acrylic on canvas 183 x 152 cm, Redlands Collection, Sydney (Photograph by Peter Morgan)

In this solo exhibition at the NAS Gallery, conceptual artist Vernon Ah Kee presents a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and ideologies.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in Australia, which amended the constitution to remove provisions that racially discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including their omission in the national Census. Coincidentally, Vernon Ah Kee was also born in 1967.

From masterful drawings of his forebears to text-based installations, paintings and three-dimensional works, Ah Kee weaves together the history and language of colonisation to expose degrees of underlying racism in contemporary Australian society.

Where: National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst
When: 7 January–11 March 2017, 11am–5pm; closed on Sundays
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Artist Vernon Ah Kee discusses his exhibition not an animal or a plant at the National Art School Gallery and reflects on the 1967 referendum: what it meant for him and his family and what has changed 50 years on.

Where: NAS Gallery
When:  Thursday 16 February, 6pm for a 6.30 start
Tickets: $12 per person, including a glass of wine or beer – book here.


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