Saturday, 17 November, 2018 to Sunday, 3 March, 2019
Blood Money – Ten Dollar Note – Vincent Lingiari Commemorative 2011
Watercolour on archers paper 75 x 100 cm
Murdoch University Art Collection
Lucky? explores the history and effects of gold-mining and the pursuit of wealth in Australia through a contemporary lens. Co-curated by Sophia Cai and Claire Watson, the exhibition brings together a range of works that speak to issues relating to exploitation and mining of the land for gold and desecration of Country. The selected works interrogate wealth and the Australian dream of finding a better life — a fair go — in the context of cultural, racial and political inequalities. The exhibition asks: Does the Australian way of life enable us to remain the lucky country or are there darker forces impacting on this? With over 25 consecutive years of positive economic growth in Australia, what are the hidden social and environmental costs of this wealth generation and how does globalism affect this? How did the Gold-rush impact Australia’s first-nation and Australian Chinese people and are these effects still being felt today?
The featured artists are: Paola Balla, Aliça Bryson-Haynes, Shoufay Derz, Marlene Gilson, Jonathan Jones, Eugenia Lim, Danie Mellor, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley, Lizzy Sampson, John Young. Exhibition Advisor: Yhonnie Scarce.
Thursday, 15 November, 2018 to Sunday, 3 March, 2019
Richard Harding Pinkwashing 2018
(detail) Courtesy of the artist
Richard Harding's new series was derived from an SBS News broadcast from January 2018, as Australia geared up for the 2018 Gay Pride March in Melbourne and the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Harding’s artworks mingle images of celebration with archive footage of targeted attacks on people of difference to explore how discrimination has been experienced by LGBTIQ people here and across the world.
‘Pinkwashing’ is a term coined in the 1990s which describes the deliberate positioning of people, places and things as ‘gay-friendly’ by political powers, in order to appear progressive.
Thursday, 20 September, 2018 to Sunday, 13 January, 2019
Helen & JMV Smith
Explore the history of Bundoora Homestead since its commissioning in 1899. Built on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land, Bundoora Homestead was originally designed as a magnificent home to the Smith family. In 1920 the house was sold to the Commonwealth Government and transformed into a repatriation hospital and convalescent farm, operating for more than seven decades. In 2001 the Homestead underwent its final metamorphosis to become an art gallery and cultural space for the City of Darebin. This process has included a revitalisation of the Darebin Art Collection including a focus on South East Australian Indigenous art. The Story of Bundoora Homestead chronicles the various guises and personal stories behind this significant historical landmark over the last 120 years.