Image: Christian Thompson Invaded Dreams 2012 From the Polari series C-type print 100 x 100 cm. Christian Thompson is represented by Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne and Michael Reid Sydney and Berlin

11-Jan-2016 - 29-Dec-2017

Colonial Afterlives

Ewan Atkinson, Daniel Boyd, Charles Campbell, Maree Clark, Fiona Foley, Julie Gough, Hew Locke, Kent Monkman, James Newitt, Geoff Parr, Yvonne Rees-Pagh, Lisa Reihana, Joan Ross, Christian Thompson

The exhibition presents a broad array of contemporary art styles and mediums from established artists across seven colonized countries.
The exhibition includes a total of forty-two works by the following artists: Ewan Atkinson (Barbados), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Charles Campbell (Jamaica), Maree Clarke (Victoria), Fiona Foley (Queensland), Julie Gough (Tasmania), Hew Locke (UK / Guyana), Kent Monkman (Canada), James Newitt (Tasmania), Geoff Parr (Tasmania), Yvonne Rees-Pagh (Tasmania), Lisa Reihana (Aotearoa New Zealand), Joan Ross (NSW) and Christian Thompson (SA). There are a high number of photographic and video works in the exhibition and other media that include painting, sculpture and installation.
Several of the artists explore multiple identities through performance and photography, including Charles Campbell, Kent Monkman, Ewan Atkinson, and Christian Thompson. Others are keenly attuned to the nuances and contemporary resonance of the colonial archive—Julie Gough, Daniel Boyd, James Newitt and Lisa Reihana —while Yvonne Rees-Pagh and Fiona Foley examine some of the deep wounds of ‘empire’, as manifested in racist stereotyping and modern forms of frontier violence. Hew Locke draws on his Guyanese heritage to examine the emblems of power in Britain’s colonial past. The mood of the exhibition ranges from being contemplative and melancholic, to wicked hilarity.

Colonial Afterlives is a Salamanca Arts Centre exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania. Salamanca Arts Centre is supported by the Hobart City Council and the Tasmanian State Government. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

The exhibition will tour to the following galleries in 2016 and 2017: Mildura Arts Centre (VIC), Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo (NSW), Maitland Regional Gallery (NSW), Benalla Art Gallery (VIC) and Burnie Regional Art Gallery (TAS).


Christian Thompson, Invaded Dreams, 2012, from the Polari series C-type print 100 x 100 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney and BerlinKent Monkman, Dance to Miss Chief, 2010, digital video with sound, 4:49 mins. Kent Monkman is represented by Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montreal and Toronto, Sargent’s Daughters in New York and Trepanier Baer in CalgaryJames Newitt, The Desires of Mute Things, 2015, Installation with digital video, dimensions variableJoan Ross, BBQ this Sunday BYO, 2011, digital animation,  Joan Ross is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney
Julie Gough, Hunting Ground (Badger Head Dunes 1), 2014, pigment on rag paper. Julie Gough is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, MelbourneMaree Clarke, Kimberley wearing river reed necklace with galah feathers, 2014, digital print on polypropylene 200 x 120 cm.  Image courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

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