Event Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version)

Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version)

Exhibition opening

09 September 2023

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version).

Join us for an afternoon of discussion between artist Daniel Boyd and exhibition curator Liz Nowell, performance by Nunukul Yuggera Jarjum Dancers, and poetry by Yugambeh artist and poet Lionel Fogarty.

Rainbow Serpent (Version) is Boyd’s first major exhibition in Meanjin/Brisbane, a place of cultural and ancestral significance for the artist. Encompassing fifteen new paintings, a sculpture, a mirrored-stage floor, and live activations, it continues his interrogation of Western scientific, artistic, and philosophical thought and its role in establishing the colonial Australian state.

Inspired by the dot patterns in his paintings, Boyd’s mirrored-stage floor illuminates these narratives and engages audiences in their reconstruction. As audiences move through the exhibition, its network of mirrored lenses provide infinite ways of viewing and understanding the histories and stories represented on the walls.

Throughout the exhibition’s duration, First Nations scholars, artists, activists, and community groups will share the gallery space—through a program of performances, discussions, and yarning—in a poetic act of civic and cultural reclamation. Stay tuned for the full program of events.

'Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version)', Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2023. Photo: Luca Girardini.

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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.