Opening talk by Djon Mundine OAM and Bjorn Stewart - 2 July 2011, The Cross Art Projects


About: Exhibtion for NAIDOC Week. These three artists have never shown together yet their work still puts a playful/serious question ‘Is there an Aboriginal photography?’ Adam Hill and Christian Thompson are ‘photoshop’ generation while Garry Lee’s disarming work retains the aura of the anthropological document. These works do not fit the stereotypes of masculinity or Aboriginality.



About Djon Mundine
Djon Mundine’s career has helped revolutionise the criticism and display of contemporary Aboriginal art. He was art and craft advisor at Milingimbi and curator at Bula-bula Arts in Ramingining and has contributed to biennales worldwide. He initiated and oversaw Australia’s great artwork, The Aboriginal Memorial, comprising 200 painted poles by 43 artists from Ramingining, each symbolising a year since the arrival in 1788 of British colonists. The Memorial was central to the 1988 Biennale of Sydney and is on permanent display at the National Gallery of Australia. His landmark show and publication The Native Born (MCA, 1996) presented the rich variety of work from Ramingining community and pioneered the showing of both ceremonial and utilitarian weaving. He also also delights in smaller, thoughtful presentations on topical issues, especially the Federal 'Intervention' of remote communities.


About Bjorn Stewart
Bjorn Stewart is an INDIGENOUS Actor, Performer and Artist.


Opening by exhibition curator Djon Mundine OAM.

Exhibition curator Djon Mundine OAM. Bjorn Stewart performing his piece 'INDIGENOUS ACTOR/PERFORMER/ARTIST'