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My Country, I Still Call Australia Home Exhibition

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Contemporary Art from Black Australia
Fiona Foley, GOMA, My Country Exhibition
Part of The Oyster Fishermen, by Fiona Foley

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.

Sculpture, GOMA, My Country
Part of 'Ku (Camp Dogs) - collaborative sculptures by Jack Bell, Craig Koomeeta, David Marpoondin, Gary Namponan, Leigh Namponan, Keith Wikmunea & Roderick Yunkaporta

Multi Media Exhibition:

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."

GOMA, Art Gallery, Brisbane
GOMA's exhibition is full of color and meaning

Programs and Events:

There is a full program of events offered in conjunction with the My Country, I Still Call Australia Home exhibition.

Artist Talks - Four Brisbane based artists will offer this series of informal talks, Archie Moore (June 1), Reko Rennie (June 1), Gordon Hookey (July 14) and Fiona Foley (August 25).

Curatorial Tours - Join curator Bruce McLean on these tours exploring each of the exhibition's themes. My Country (July 13), My History (August 8), and My Life (September 22).

NAIDOC Week - There will be a range of talks, workshops, and performances to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to Federal Parliament.

GOMA Cinema - please check the website for full details of daily screenings of films concerning Indigenous Australian cinema.

Kangaroo Crew, Art Gallery
Children can hop all over The Sacred Hill

Kangaroo Crew @ The Children's Art Centre:

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.

My Country Exhibition, GOMA
Sorry, by Tony Albert

QAGOMA's exhibition, My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia is a lot to take in and you may need several visits to appreciate each of the themes. If you're looking for a lasting memento from your visit, then why not purchase the exhibition book for $39.95 through the QAGOMA store?

My Country Exhibition, GOMA
Flying Fox Story Place, by Arthur Koo-Ekka Pambegan Jr
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Why? Celebrate Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art
When: 1 June, 2013 - 7 October, daily from 10am - 5pm
Phone: 07 3840 7303
Where: Gallery of Modern Art, Southbank
Cost: Free
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