Se­ries of works puts slav­ery in spot­light

Geraldton Guardian - - The Sauce -

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.

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