Gordon Hookey
  • Gordon Hookey, 'Murriland! #1' (detail) 2015-17, oil on canvas, 210 x 1000cm. Collection: HOTA. Image courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photograph: Carl Warner. © Gordon Allan Hookey/Copyright Agency, 2021

  • Gordon Hookey. Photo: Rhett Hammerton.


Gordon Hookey


22 October–23 December 202222 Oct–23 Dec 2022


A MURRIALITY is the first survey of renowned Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey, charting three decades of practice where artmaking and activism fuse.

Gordon Hookey’s work is best known for its biting satire of Australian culture and politics, its witty critique of racism, and an exploration of oral and image-based history-making traditions. Across sculpture, printmaking, video, and large-scale painting, A MURRIALITY presents perspectives on historical and contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through the lens of Hookey’s lived experience as a Murri person, this includes legal injustices, international conflict, cultural representations, and language.

The exhibition features a significant new commission that draws inspiration from Hookey’s vast collection of political posters and continues his acclaimed series of protest banners. Made for use in the public realm at Invasion Day marches and rallies recognising Aboriginal resistance fighter Dundalli, Hookey’s banners provide timely socio-political commentary while also imagining a truly empowered Indigenous future.

Developed in partnership with UNSW Galleries, where the exhibition is presented from 30 July–2 October 2022. This project is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Gordon Darling Foundation, IMA Commissioners Circle, and UNSW Commissioners Circle.

Curated By
  • Liz Nowell and José Da Silva
Off-Site Venues

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where the IMA now stands. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.