QUEEN’S LAND BLAK PORTRAITURE: Late 19th century to the present
17th May - 12th August 2019
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Cairns Art Gallery,
CORNER ABBOTT STREET AND SHIELD STREET,
Cairns QLD 4870
Presented in partnership with Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF)
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program and is supported by the John Villers Trust.
The notion of identity – who we are, how we see ourselves and how others see us – is a source of deep fascination. QUEEN’S LAND BLAK PORTRAITURE: Late 19th century to the present aims to explore how black identity in Queensland has been defined and visually represented through portraiture by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.
The relationships between personal, cultural and national identity are examined in relation to portrait images that are framed by and perpetuate the dominant colonial, cultural and racial stereotypes, and images where black artists represent themselves and others as they want to be seen, contesting past discourses and engaging with new discourses around race and identity.
Displayed across the ground and first floor galleries, QUEEN’S LAND BLAK PORTRAITURE is a major exhibition curated by the Cairns Art Gallery and guest curators Djon Mundine OAM, and CIAF Artistic Director, Janina Harding.
Original artworks and archival images from a diverse range of artistic conventions have been brought together to form visual narratives that raise questions of identity and connection to country; the exotic; types and stereotypes; dis/empowerment; activism; and imagining ourselves as we want to be seen.
Wednesday 10 July 6.00pm
Liz Ann Macgregor OBE
Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney