12 November 2022
Since 2020, Gordon Hookey has made placards and banners which explore the visual histories of protest and his interpretation of contemporary politics. Join Hookey for an artist talk focusing on this area of his practice, specifically the new commission of eight banners presented in A MURRIALITY.
In this talk facilitated by Cheryl Leavy, Hookey will speak to his process of making this body of work, drawing on his archive of posters that span forty-years and document issues from land rights to refugee advocacy, and Indigenous excellence in sports, music, and art. The commissioned works continue his witty critique of racism; exploring oral- and image-based history-making traditions, to create a biting satire of Australian culture and politics.
A MURRIALITY is Gordon Hookey’s first survey show, charting three decades of practice where artmaking and activism fuse.
Please note: This exhibition contains adult content including strong language and graphic imagery.
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The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.
Gordon Hookey was born in Cloncurry, Queensland in 1961. He currently lives and works in Brisbane. Hookey belongs to the Waanyi people and locates his art at the interface where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures converge. He explicitly attacks the establishment and implicates our current political representatives. His style and approach is distinctive in its vibrancy and best known for its biting satire of Australia’s political landscape, its leaders and representatives. Hookey is a core member of Brisbane-based Indigenous collective proppaNOW alongside fellow artists including Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee and Jennifer Herd. His work is held in major collections within Australia including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane in Brisbane, Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, National Gallery of Australia and Australian National University in Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, University of Technology in Sydney and a number of significant private collections.