In collaboration with Julie Dowling and John Curtin Gallery, Yamaji Art are excited to present to you her most recent exhibition “Bidya Gurlbarl – Open Secret”.
Currently exhibiting at the John Curtin Gallery the collection of works explores Dowling’ s “stories of her own First Nation family, Dowling re-presents the violence and power imbalance in settler-colonial and contemporary Western Australia. Her own ancestors, and those of other Aboriginal people, gaze directly at the viewer, challenging them to acknowledge Australia’s colonial history and protest the ongoing injustices experienced by Aboriginal people.
“Aboriginal slavery has underpinned the development of mining and pastoral successes in the State of Western Australia and all other Australian States and Territories. Aboriginal children were stolen from their families and deployed as free labour in the missions and native settlements where they were detained, accounting for ongoing and inter-generational trauma. Aboriginal people were posed as ethnographic exhibits on postcards in the 19th and 20th century. Centuries later, those photographed are still unidentified and longing to be claimed.”
DATES & TIMES
11 February – 20 March 2022
Saturdays 26 February and 5 March 2022
Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
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