‘unbranded’ subverts the notion of a singular Indigenous ‘aesthetic’

‘unbranded’ is a group exhibition which rejects the binary categorisations of the practices of Indigenous artists and prompts us to think more deeply about each creator outside of the overused tags of ‘traditional/non-traditional’, or ‘urban/remote’. Glenn Iseger-Pilkington and Travis Hodgson have curated works from 13 artists; Damien Shen, Dean Cross, Gunybi Ganambarr, Illiam Nargoodah, James Tylor, John Prince Siddon, Ngarralja Tommy May, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Nyurpaya Kaika Burton, Patrina Munuŋgurr, Sharyn Egan, Sonia Kurarra and Wukun Wanambi. Hosted by La Trobe Art Institute from 6 May to 22 June, the gallery intends that this presentation will question ‘reductive and divisive modes of representation and interpretation, while affirming the diversity of contemporary Indigenous experience, both live and inherited.’

Damien Shen, Still Life After Penn #2, 2017, printed aluminium plate, 30 x 30cm. Courtesy the artist, MARS Gallery, Melbourne and La Trobe Art Institute, Victoria

: Patrina Munuŋgurr, Dhunupa’kun Nhuna Wanda (Straighten Your Mind) (video still), 2018, digital film, duration 1.33 minutes. Courtesy the artist, Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka and The Mulka Project