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'Aboriginal Anarchy' by Archie Moore, 2012, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2013.

Defying Empire

‘Defying Empire’ – the third national Indigenous art triennial. Works from 30 contemporary  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Of identity, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations through many paintings on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, new media, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork.

“We defy:
By existing;
By determining our identity;
By asserting our histories; our culture; our language;
By telling our stories, our way;
By being one of the oldest continuous living culturesin the world.”

– Tina Baum, NGA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.


WhenFrom Friday 26 May to Sunday 10 September
WhereNational Gallery of Australia

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