Our latest exhibition Insurgence is the final exhibition under the Museum’s Art of Influence program which has examined the relationship between art and democracy through a number of exhibitions and events during Canberra’s Centenary year.
The exhibition features the work of Vernon Ah Kee, Gordon Hookey, Jennifer Herd, Laurie Nilsen, Megan Cope, Tony Albert and Richard Bell—artists from the proppaNOW collective, along with former proppaNOW member Andrea Fisher.
proppaNOW is an artists’ collective formed in 2004 to provide mutual support for a number of Brisbane-based Aboriginal artists. The collective includes artists with celebrated international reputations, as well as younger artists mentored by the collective.
The complexity of the history of settlement in Australia has left a legacy that cannot be wished away and the work of these artists springs from their personal histories and experiences and is fundamentally political. Insurgence showcases their work and their protest for change. Most of the works are deliberately disconcerting, drawing attention to the inequalities in our society.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, through programs such as Insurgence, is proud to support the Racism. It stops with me campaign.
Warning: some artworks contain explicit images, language and ideas that may offend some viewers.