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Djon Mundine OAM: A Personal History of Aboriginal Art



A Personal History of Aboriginal Art - A public lecture by Djon Mundine OAM

The history of Aboriginal art has a number of overlapping, blurred edge phases; it is market driven and of European historical conceit on one side, and the offering up of icons, ideas, and possibly a moral-memory insistence on the (Aboriginal) other side.

Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora campus, Peribolos West (PW) room 219
Date/Time: Wednesday 15th Oct 2014, 10-11am

DJON MUNDINE is a member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales. With an extensive career as a curator, activist, writer and occasional artist, Djon worked in Arnhem Land as Art Adviser to the Milingimbi, Maningrida, and Ramingining Aboriginal communities for sixteen (16) years. Djon was concept curator of The Aboriginal Memorial, 1987-88, now on permanent display at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Over 1993-4 he was travelling curator for the important Aratjara exh., that travelled to Dusseldorf, London, and Danmark. In 1994 he co-curated Tyerabowbarwarryaou -- I Shall never Become a Whiteman contemporary Aboriginal art  for the Havana Biennale in Cuba and later at Sydney's MCA. In 2012 he curated'Bungaree: The First Australian, an exhibition of commissioned artworks by sixteen NSW Aboriginal artists for the Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney. Over 2012-13 Djon co-curated with Natalie King, Shadow Life Aboriginal digital media exhibition that toured to Bangkok, Taiwan, Singapore and Bendigo. Djon finished 2013 with the cross media-cross cultural exhibition;Buyuhyn-wana, Transformative Personas. Djon And Natalie King are co-curators of 'Whisper in My Mask', 2014 Tarrawarra Biennal, Healesville. Djon has just opened the Yi Ban Yi Ban -- Yella Fella exh. (Aboriginal artists of Aboriginal-Chinese Descent) Sandra Hill, Gary Lee, Jason Wing. at Sun Tory Gallery, Guangzhou, China.  Djon Mundine is currently a Ph.d candidate at CoFA, University of New South Wales.

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