The latest free exhibition at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is one colourful visual feast. My Country, I Still Call Australia Home claims to be the Gallery's largest exhibition of contemporary art, with over 130 Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander artists from all over Australia, which is really quite something. As you walk in, the tone of the exhibition is set by the enormous, three storey piece Trust the 2% by Reko Rennie. Wandering further into GOMA's various halls and side rooms, there is wonder and (sometimes uncomfortable) confrontation on every wall.
Part of 'Ku (Camp Dogs) - collaborative sculptures by Jack Bell, Craig Koomeeta, David Marpoondin, Gary Namponan, Leigh Namponan, Keith Wikmunea & Roderick Yunkaporta
In true GOMA style, this is a multi media exhibition on a BIG scale, with many eye opening DVDs, photographs, sculptures and paintings to keep visitors entertained and ideologically challenged. The exhibition is divided into three main themes, My Country, My History, My Life, with each one offering the artists' unique interpretation and relationship with Country. According to GOMA's Indigenous Australian Art curator, Bruce McLean, "every work in the exhibition relates in some way to the idea of country."
Visit the Children's Art Centre, downstairs on Park level, which has been transformed into Kangaroo land. Gordon Hookey's book, The Sacred Hill comes to life for children as they make a mask, make their own digital poster or play the Kangarcade video games. The kids will be entertained for hours.