IDEN-DEFY brings together a collection of portraits by First Nation artists that engage in the discourse around individual and communal identity. Portraits of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are inherently political, the act of identifying as such defies the last 200 years of forced assimilation and asserts the living continuum of blood lines of the Traditional Owners of our continent.
IDEN-DEFY explores the threads that connect us to our ancestors, to country, to history and to inherited responsibilities. Together they represent the diverse community discourse around defining what modern indigenous identities are.
Sam Harrison is an early-career curator and artist who recently completed the Blak Curatorial Exchange program, organised by Blaklash Projects. Harrison has accessed the art collections of Moreton Bay Regional Council, University of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra Regional Gallery and private collections to curate an exhibition, supported by Blaklash Projects. 'IDEN-DEFY' is the result of this project.
Image credit: Bianca Beetson, Warrior Woman - Martuchi (Maroochy), 2016. Digital Photograph. USC Art Collection, acquired 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Saturday, 01 May 2021
- Saturday, 17 July 2021
Pine Rivers Art Gallery, 130 - 134 Gympie Road, Strathpine 4500 View map