Photos from the NGA's Cultural Warriors Triennial - Ricky Maynard

Photos from the NGA's Cultural Warriors Triennial - Ricky Maynard

Coming Home 2005 from Portrait of a Distant Land black and white fibre print 70 x 100 cm © the artist courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 07.06.08

Author: Jeremy Eccles

I've discovered a touring exhibition put together by the Museum of Contemporary Art of photos by one of the hits of the NGA's Cultural Warriors Triennial - Ricky Maynard.

It's in Tassie currently (having originated in Paris!) and goes overseas again at the end of June (see dates below). But the Tasmanian stay is veryimportant because the images are all of indigenous Tasmanians, in stark black and white, reflecting perhaps both the world in exile where they live on bleak islands off the coast of Tassie and the harsh struggle they've had for survival. Memories are conjured of Ross T Smith's Hokianga photos, capturing the often challenging faces of dispossesed Maori on New Zealand.

Maynard has not portrayed Truganini clones, petted and feted as the Last Tasmanians. These are fierce survivors on the margins today, captured by one of their own over a 20 year period.

As curator Keith Munroe says, "Maynard shows the physical and social landscape of his people through songlines, corner stones, petroglyphs, massacre sites, middens, meeting places, sacred sites and cultural practices. The works question the ownership of land and history".

Tasmanian Museum & Gallery in Launceston
to 22 June 2008

DFAT mini tour (Noumea, Port Vila, Wellington)
29 June 08 - Jan 09

Cairns Regional Gallery
20 March - 3 May 2009

MCA, Sydney
mid May - mid August 2009 (dates tbc)

Culture Centre Tjibaou, New Caledonia
2009 (DATES TBC)

Port Macquarie Hastings Gallery
19 Nov 08 - 24 Jan 2010


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Gallery: Museum of Contemporary Art
Contact: Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs
Telephone: +61 2 9245 2400
Address: Circular Quay West George Street The Rocks Sydney 2000 NSW

 

Photos from the NGA's Cultural Warriors Triennial - Ricky Maynard

The Healing Garden, Wybalenna, Flinders Island, Tasmania 2005 from Portrait of a Distant Land black and white fibre print 70 x 100 cm © the artist courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

 

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