National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Julie Dowling, Badimaya born 1969: Goodbye white fella religion 1992, synthetic polymer paint, earth pigments and blood on canvas. 174.5 x 164.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased, NGV Foundation, 2007 (2007.456) ©Julie Dowling/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia.

Who’s Afraid of Colour? is an important exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) bringing together more than 200 contemporary artworks by 118 Indigenous Australian women. Encompassing works from customary woven objects and bark paintings, to contemporary acrylic canvases and modern photographic and digital works, this unprecedented survey of Indigenous Australian women’s art is on now.

Major new acquisitions featured in the exhibition include iconic photographs by artists Destiny Deacon and Bindi Cole Chocka, and large scale works by one of Australia’s most prominent contemporary artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye, including the painting Anwerlarr anganenty (Big yam Dreaming) 1995.

This piece travelled to the Royal Academy of Arts, London as part of the Australia exhibition in 2013. Paintings by Warlpiri artist Lorna Napurrurla Fencer, mixed media and video works by the interdisciplinary Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Julie Gough, and paintings by the renowned Gija artist Queenie McKenzie of Warmun, Western Australia are also on show.

The exhibition is on until April 2017.

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