Series of works puts slavery in spotlight
Two new exhibitions will officially open on Friday at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.
Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) is a collection of the latest works by WA artist Julie Dowling. It will be presented by the art gallery in partnership with Yamaji Art.
Curated by Charmaine Green, the exhibition explores the theme of slavery for First Nation people in Australia.
Dowling’s work challenges the viewer to question racist ideologies - including issues around indigenous people diving for pearls, doing back-breaking farm labour or working for Government benefits.
Her art speaks of the difficulties and challenges Aboriginal people face and highlights how resilient they are in the face of adversity.
The exhibition, People Like Us, explores issues confronting society in the 21st century through film, animation, digital and interactive art.
People Like Us features a diverse collection of new media works by Australian and international practitioners.
From taking part in a virtual bicycle tour to using real-time bio feed data to create heart rate-controlled images and sounds, People Like Us is an incredibly immersive visual experience.
The exhibition is curated by University of New South Wales galleries director Felicity Fenner and commissioned by National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia. Both exhibitions will be launched at 6pm on Friday and remain on display at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery until September 30.
Aunty Violet, by Julie Dowling, is part of the Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) exhibition at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.