Last week I went along to the opening of Fiona Foley’s latest solo exhibition, Courage, at Redcliffe City Art Gallery. The exhibition is a retrospective of sorts, featuring works from a number of bodies of work from Fiona’s practice over the three decades.
From the notes:
Courage is an exhibition that charts the terrain of Fiona Foley’s life; her connection to country, her artistic practice and her people’s existence. The exhibition showcases works in a range of media drawn from throughout her career, as well as objects of personal significance. At its core, Courage celebrates exactly that; the courage of an artist to be the agent of social change through the strength of identity and critiquing prevailing cultural assumptions about belonging.
It’s too easy to think that history learning should be from books only. Artists like Fiona Foley provide opportunities to engage with the uncomfortable aspects of Australian history –
Foley produces work of profound presence, often speaking with deep sorrow, of the people who have inhabited this land for centuries. Her practice discusses the hidden histories of Australia’s colonial past and its well documented, often violent interface with Aboriginal people.
I wholeheartedly encourage all readers to engage with the work of Fiona Foley.
If you’re in South East Queensland there is a public symposium event exploring “The role of historical research in the creation of contemporary Aboriginal art” at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery on the 26th of April 2014. Speakers include curator Michael Aird, Dr Sandra Phillips, and others. You can find the details here: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=4294967866