This exhibition brings together presentations of work by a broad range of Indigenous women artists, whose practice is unbounded by convention. It includes bold statements that explore colour and assert the politics of identity. Customary woven objects and modern works will jostle in the same space, with digital, synthetic and organic materials alternating unexpectedly. The poetics of mourning will oscillate with paintings of wondrous joy and photographs that expose Indigenous disadvantage and repugnant instances of institutionalised racism.
The exhibition looks at a number of major artists in depth, including Julie Gough, Destiny Deacon, Emily Kam Kngwarray, Bindi Cole Chocka, Queenie McKenzie and Nonggirrnga Marawili, from both city and bush studios, and features large bodies of work from the NGV Collection that have never been shown together before. Outspoken invention, risk taking and energy are palpable in works of Samantha Hobson and Claudia Moodoonuthi as are intimate moments of quiet reflection in the feather headdresses of Lisa Michl.