Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture: Late 19th Century to the Present

Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture: Late 19th Century to the Present
Cairns Art Gallery

This publication considers the social, political, economic and cultural conditions, past and present, concerning portraiture and Indigenous identity. Written contributions by Michael Aird, Dr Julie Gough, Janina Harding, Djon Mundine OAM and Dr Sandra Phillips focus on key topics such as; connection to Country, types and stereotypes, the exotic, dis/empowerment, assimilation, activism, human rights, education and family (particularly mother and child), and the Indigenous gaze. Artworks by Tony Albert, Naomi Hobson, Danie Mellor, Tracey Moffatt, Ryan Presley, Judy Watson among others, as well as non-Indigenous artists such as Margaret Olley and Russell Drysdale; alongside archival photographs and posters fill the pages. Together they challenge historical and contemporary attitudes and perceptions by taking control of their representation.