Colony: Frontier Wars

Colony: Frontier Wars

Image: Brook Andrew, Vox: Beyond Tasmania, 2013.

Featuring work from MADA lecturer Brook Andrew, Colony: Frontier Wars is an important exhibition that explores the period of colonisation in Australia from 1788 onwards and its often devastating effects on First Peoples. Curated by Judith Ryan and Myles Russell-Cook.

The period that to many was the discovery of a ‘wondrous’ southern continent, was to others an invasion of homelands occupied for many millennia.

This powerful exhibition reveals through art some of what Aboriginal people have experienced as a continuing consequence of colonisation. By bringing together different understandings of our shared history, this exhibition also offers a pathway towards reconciliation.

Australia’s shared history is explored through the works of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists of consequence, including William Barak, Tommy McRae, J.W. Lindt, Arthur Boyd, Brook Andrew, Maree Clarke, Christian Thompson, Gordon Bennett, Julie Gough and Yhonnie Scarce. The exhibition features key works from the NGV collection as well as significant loans.