Event Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey

Artist Talk

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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  • Partner:

    A MURRIALITY is developed in partnership with UNSW Galleries, Sydney and presented with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Gordon Darling Foundation, IMA Commissioners Circle and UNSW Commissioners Circle. A national tour begins in 2023, supported by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia and by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Guest Info
  • 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. 

Gordon Hookey, 'Good on'ya!/Love' (detail), 2022. Photo: Jacquie Manning. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. © Gordon Allan Hookey / Copyright Agency, 2022.

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