Brian Martin: Jugun (Country)
An exhibition of work by Monash's Dr Brian Martin.
The notion of Country relates to how we belong to Country and its subjectivity, rather than the concept of Land as object.
Country and trees are our ancestors, and there is a deep relationality between the human and non-human. This is especially pertinent in contemporary society when we consider sustainability and survival, and the solutions to the burning issues of climate and sustainability are held with Indigenous cultures. Jugun (Country) is an exhibition of drawings from Bundjalung, Paakantyi, Neunonne, Wurundjeri and BoonWurrung Countrys.
Welcome to Country by Aunty Diane Kerr and N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM. Officially opened by Professor Jacinta Elston, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) Monash University.
Dr Brian Martin is Monash Art, Design and Architecture’s inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous. Brian is a descendant of Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. Brian is represented by William Mora Galleries. He has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years and has exhibited both nationally and internationally specifically in the media of painting and drawing. His research and practice focuses on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”. Brian was previously Professor and Head of Research at the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University. He is also Honorary Professor of Eminence at Centurion University of Technology and Management in Odisha, India.