In This Issue

April 2018

We acknowledge and pay our respect to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Guringai people of the Eora Nation where Art Almanac has been produced.

This issue spotlights the individual encounters and communal experience that contribute to Australia’s cultural identity. Julie Dowling paints the histories of her Badimaya ancestors to convey the personal impact of injustice, while a group show by art collective, eleven, filters the complexities of the Muslim Australian experience through diverse practices and perspectives. Links between suburbia and nationhood are presented at Cement Fondu, and artist Celeste Chandler constructs self-portraits merging past and present lives, ultimately revealing the connectedness of human existence.


NewsBooks – Art Almanac team


Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change – Thomas Capogreco
Steve Carr, Echo – Elli Walsh
Julie Dowling, Babanyu (Friends for life) – Laetitia Wilson
Suburbia – Giselle Stanborough
Celeste Chandler, be my eyes – Sophia Cai
Heath Franco, LIFE IS SEXY – Melissa Pesa

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Cover: Julie Dowling, Black Madonna: Omega, 2004, synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter and metallic paint on canvas, 120 x 100cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
© Julie Dowling/Copyright Agency, 2018 Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth