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National Reconciliation Week 2021: Artist-activists from the ANU Art Collection

More than a word, Reconciliation takes action #MoreThanAWord #NRW2021

In the ‘Riverbend Room’ of the Drill Hall Gallery over the coming week you can view a dynamic and poignant selection of works from the ANU Art Collection by Aboriginal and Torres Islander Artist-activists  Nancy (Yukuwal) McDinny, Gordon Hookey and Jack Green.

Waanyi/Waanjiminjin peoples | Cloncurry, Queensland born 1961. 

In his art Gordon Hookey mixes politics, double entendre and irony to make light of very serious situations facing contemporary Indigenous Australia. This is not done to trivialise real problems, but to offer a point of entry for discussing things that many would otherwise simply store in their ‘too hard basket’. Working across painting, works on paper, sculpture and installation, Hookey has employed these qualities to develop a professional practice that is located at the interface where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures converge. His style and approach is distinctive in its vibrancy and best known for its biting satire of Australia’s political landscape, its leaders and representatives. Hookey’s work combines figurative characters, iconic symbols, bold comic-like text and a spectrum of colours. His comic-like characters, use of crass language, poetic devices and lurid visual jokes invite a range of viewers to engage with real politics and problems.His perspective comes from a divergent, activist positioning; his work challenges hierarchies, skewering the status and integrity of the ‘elite’ while working to bolster the position of the marginalised and oppressed. Hookey is a core member of the Brisbane-based Indigenous collective proppaNOW, alongside artists including Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee and Jennifer Herd.
Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.