Curator Djon Mundine OAM
To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019, BIFB is proud to present Badtjala artist Dr Fiona Foley’s solo exhibition Who are these strangers and where are they going? This exhibition showcases key works from Foley’s internationally celebrated 30-year career in interactive and site-specific installations, alongside unveiling, in an Australian first, an important musical soundscape to mark this momentous occasion.

Created in collaboration with musicians Joe Gala and Teila Watson, this song is an aural recreation and expansion of the oldest known song in the history of Australia, telling of the exchange between Captain Cook and the Badtjala people. Other centrepieces in the exhibition include a 10-metre long, one-metre-wide installation comprising 3000 oyster shells, a recontextualisation of Foley’s celebrated 2001 photographic series Wild Times Call, and a collaboration with Ballarat artist collective Pitcha Makin Fellas for a new installation alongside 2018’s Horror Has a Face. The exhibition will be accompanied by a print catalogue with critical essays by Djon Mundine OAM and Dr Odette Kelada, and additional educational resources.

Dr Fiona Foley was born in Maryborough, Queensland in 1964. She has studied in Sydney and London, and throughout her career has taken an active role promoting Indigenous identity, co-founding the Boomali Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney in 1987. In 2003, she was appointed Adjunct Professor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. In 2004, Foley completed an International Studio and Curatorial Program residency in New York, and has since also been resident artist at the University of Wollongong (2006), Sydney College of the Arts (2006) and Redgate Gallery, Beijing (2010). Foley continues to work on projects, including sculptural commissions and installations, in Australia and overseas.

Djon Mundine OAM is a widely respected and highly sought-after curator, writer and cultural advisor who has played a large role in the arts sector, both nationally and internationally, for over three decades. He received an Order of Australia medal in 1993 for his service to the arts, and has worked with key public art museums in Australia and abroad, as well as with many regional and community organisations. Mundine is one of the country’s most significant Indigenous art curators, and has worked with and curated artists in highly innovative ways, as well as being an artist himself. His 2015 work Bungarees Farm won various awards, and in 2016 his etched figure of Bennelong was projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House to open the Vivid festival. Mundine was awarded the inaugural Indigenous Art Writers Prize in 2017.

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Fiona Foley / Who are these strangers and where are they going?
  • August 24, 2019 - October 20, 2019
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm