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Defying Empire: NGA's 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Road trip to NGA for this major exhibition featuring 30 established, mid-career and emerging Indigenous artists exploring themes of identity, racism, displacement and country.
By Marissa Ciampi
June 01, 2017
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Defying Empire: NGA's 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Road trip to NGA for this major exhibition featuring 30 established, mid-career and emerging Indigenous artists exploring themes of identity, racism, displacement and country.
By Marissa Ciampi
June 01, 2017
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In concurrence with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, The National Gallery of Australia, in partnership with Wesfarmers Arts, is hosting its 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial. This major exhibition, titled Defying Empirewill run from May 26 through September 10 and brings together both established and emerging Indigenous artists from across Australia in a showcase that focuses on themes of identity, racism, displacement and country.

Among the 30 participating artists are Brenda L. Croft, whose art looks at themes of home, Fiona Foley, who focuses on race relations, Tony Albert, who examines war and its aftermath and Brook Andrew, who explores themes of ancestry. Other artists delve into heavy issues of nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations, using a mix of media from canvas painting, video and photography to weaving, sculpture, metalwork and glasswork.

The exhibition reinforces the significance of Indigenous art in Australia's cultural identity and the ongoing struggle for equality.

Image: Daniel Boyd by Nikki To, Megan Cope by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media.

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