Australian identity exhibition at Curtin

Collection manager and curator Lia McKnight.
Collection manager and curator Lia McKnight.

A NEW exhibition that explores notions of identity and belonging in Australian contemporary culture is open at John Curtin Gallery in Bentley.

“Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self” features work by WA artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Hans Arkeveld, Galliano Fardin, Laurel Nannup and Christopher Pease.

Works by Australian artists Abdul Abdullah, Dadang Christanto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Brenda Croft, Elizabeth Gertsakis, Danie Mellor, Ryan Presley and Darren Siwes also feature in the exhibition.

Photo, sculptural works, paintings and prints illustrate how colonisation, Aboriginal culture and migration contributed to Australia’s identity.

The impact of white settlement on indigenous culture, as well as personal and public stories about the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families, is expressed in the works. The politicisation of asylum seekers, 9/11 and how different cultures have come together to form something new is also evident.

“Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self” is running in conjunction with an exhibition by multi-disciplinary artist Thea Costantino.

The exhibition runs until September 6.