Technology and tradition combine in an evocative exploration of Indigenous history

Acclaimed artist Robert Andrew will showcase three new works exploring his Australian Indigenous history with use of contemporary technology in ‘Robert Andrew: Our mutable histories’ at Museum of Brisbane from 3 March to 16 July 2017.

Commissioned by Museum of Brisbane, Andrew’s works uncover, reveal and re-present aspects of Australian Indigenous history that have been previously hidden, distorted and denied, and have been largely formed by unravelling the effects of colonialism on his own family history.

‘Our mutable histories’ gives voice and form to the disconnection between Anglo-European and Australian Indigenous history, and the complexity of belonging to two cultures. This exhibition reflects on issues of forgotten histories, identity and loss of language for many Indigenous groups across Australia.

Using contrasting materials such as water, natural ochres, oxides and chalks alongside contemporary technologies, Andrew reveals a ‘third space’, a new and original landscape where two cultures collide and entwine. Playful kinetic artworks invite visitors to interact with a machine that uses water and ochre to create ever-changing textural landscapes, and reclaimed materials that have been beautifully transformed. Many of the natural elements in the works are personally significant to Andrew, such as rocks sourced from his ancestral home in Western Australia and timber from his Brisbane home built in 1865.

Robert Andrew is a Brisbane-based Indigenous artist and descendant of the Yawuru people of the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia.

When: Friday 3 March to Sunday 16 July 2017
Where: Museum of Brisbane
Cost: Free, no bookings required

For more information visit the Museum of Brisbane website.

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