Lot 145 - Brook Andrew - Winhanganha (remember) I
Watercolour on Paper
A6 (15 x 10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on verso
Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar who is driven by the collisions of intertwined narratives, often emerging from the mess of the “Colonial Hole”. His matriarchal kinship is from the kalar midday (land of the three rivers) of Wiradjuri, and Ngunnawal on his mother’s father’s line, both Aboriginal nations of Australia. He was Artistic Director of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, 2020, and is currently Enterprise Professor, Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of Melbourne, Associate Professor, Fine Art at Monash University and Associate Researcher at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.
Current DPhil candidate in the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Awarded a Masters of Fine Art from the University of New South Wales in 1999.
Recent exhibitions: À toi appartient le regard et (...) (Who is Gazing?) curated by Christine Barthe, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, 2020. Now is the Time: 2019 Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition curated by Feng Boyi, Wang Xiaosong and Liu Gang; Wuzhen, China, 2019. 4th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, 2019, curated by Anita Dube, Kochi, India. 21st Biennale of Sydney. SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement curated my Mami Kataoka. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. 16 March - 11 June, 2018. AHY-KON-UH-KLAS-TIK. Curated by Nick Aikens. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland. 15 September - 31 December 2017. Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred, curated by Judith Ryan, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2017. In 2020, Brook was included in Artsy's list of the Most Influential Artists and was number 42 on ArtReview's Power 100.
Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The postcards are water-coloured photo-lithographs that reimagine early European representations of First Peoples from Australia. The work continues the artist's intervention into the colonial archive drawing from research conducted at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge in 2016 as part of the Antipodes project, supported by the Australian Print Workshop. Source imagery is from the 1st edition atlas of Nicolas Thomas Baudin's expedition to Australia "Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes", 1807, that included engravings of the drawings made by Nicolas-Martin Petit of the First Peoples of the Sydney Harbour region including Eora and Dharawal nations. In Brook's treatment the portraits are given a powerful presence as a way of winhanganha (remembering in Wiradjuri language) these Ancestral People and their fight for the survival of their cultures and lands.
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