• Mia Boe 'The Ashes Were Buried under the Tree' 2021, courtesy Sutton Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne.

  • Mia Boe 'Satisfaction of One’s Own Reflection' 2021, courtesy Sutton Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne.

  • 'Mia Boe: Suspicion Is Proof Enough', Sutton Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, 2023.

  • Miguel Aquilizan 'Fever Dreams No. 2' 2023, in 'Material Culture in a Material World', Outer Space, Meanjin/Brisbane, 2023. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Miguel Aquilizan 'Fever Dreams No. 1' and 'Fever Dreams No. 2' 2023, in 'Material Culture in a Material World', Outer Space, Meanjin/Brisbane, 2023. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • 'Sarah Poulgrain and Dana Lawrie: Dreamboat: Sunlight and Leadlight', Outer Space, Meanjin/Brisbane, 2022. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Sarah Poulgrain 'A Set of New Skills: Aluminium Casting' 2021, in 'The Mechanics of Adaption', Metro Arts, Meanjin/Brisbane, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.



Miguel Aquilizan, Mia Boe, and Sarah Poulgrain

20 April–16 June 202420 Apr–16 Jun 2024


Platform—our new annual exhibition series—will showcase new work by emerging artists under forty, who were born, live, or lived in Queensland, and who have not yet had a major solo exhibition in a public gallery. In 2024, we present new works by Miguel Aquilizan, Mia Boe, and Sarah Poulgrain.

Sculptor Miguel Aquilizan is intuitive in his inquiry, improvisational in his approach, and inventive in his use of diverse and novel materials. His assemblages have a mysterious, magical quality, with one foot in science fiction and the post-human, another in totemism and animism. In one work, he hybridises two reproduction human skeletons, mocking the idealism of Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man. He says, ‘I like obscuring and mutating what is familiar, making everything alien.’

Mia Boe is a painter of Butchulla and Burmese ancestry, currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her work responds to colonisation and the mistreatment of people and culture in K’gari and Burma/Myanmar. Her paintings feature elongated figures that often float in the landscape, representing ancestral spirits, family members, and historical figures. For Platform, she has created a six-panel painting Was Satellite Progressive? responding to ‘Connoisseur’, a poem by Uncle Lionel Fogarty that challenges the ways white academics have classified Indigenous people and framed their experiences. The colonists’ ‘philosophy, theory, and encyclopedia’ being ‘unsophisticated to our Murri Imagined realistic minds’, Fogerty explains.

Sarah Poulgrain is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based artist whose work is grounded in labour and skill sharing. A frequent collaborator and facilitator, their work is based in learning and sharing skills, from welding to weaving. They live and works in a former bike-wrecker’s workshop in Woolloongabba, which they renovated with friends. It is also home to Wreckers Artspace, an ARI that Poulgrain co-founded. Having recently experienced a flood and faced with the prospect of losing their home to gentrification, they teamed up with friends to build a houseboat, an ark. Like their current place, the boat is half residence, half gallery. It will soon be launched on Brisbane River. In Platform, Poulgrain presents the gallery half, which is curated with works by Alrey Batol, Charlie Hillhouse, and Leen Rieth—the space’s first show. Located in the IMA, it’s an institution within an institution, a platform within a platform, an alternative within an alternative.

Artist Bio

Born in the Phillipines, Miguel Aquilizan is a sculptor whose inventive assemblages incorporate all manner of found and foraged materials. His recent group exhibitions include Unusual Suns at MO_Space in Manila and Material Culture in a Material World at Outer Space Meanjin/Brisbane (both 2023). He is a member of the family artist collective Fruit Juice Factori, based in Meanjin/Brisbane and the Philippines.

Mia Boe is a painter from Meanjin/Brisbane with Butchulla and Burmese ancestry whose practice focuses on the inheritance and disinheritance of both cultures. Boe’s paintings respond, sometimes obliquely, to historical and contemporary acts of violence perpetrated on the people and lands of Myanmar/Burma and Australia. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship and is a current Gertrude Contemporary studio artist. Solo exhibitions include Going Insein (Gertrude Contemporary Glasshouse, Melbourne, 2023) and Suspicion Is Proof Enough (Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2023). Group exhibitions include From the Other Side (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2023), Gertrude Studios 2023 (Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2023), Thin Skin (Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2023), and Melbourne Now (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2023).

Sarah Poulgrain is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based artist who uses skill-sharing methodologies to build respectful relationships and less-hierarchical spaces for learning. Their collaborative and solo shows include Dreamboat: Sunlight and Leadlight (Outer Space, Brisbane, 2022) and Conversation in Two Parts (Firstdraft, Sydney, 2018). Their group shows include Primavera 2023 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2023) and The Mechanics of Adaption (Metro Arts, Brisbane, 2021). Poulgrain is a co-founder of Wreckers Artspace, Woolloongabba.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.