Indigenous Art Criticism: Writing Art, Righting Culture

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

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Join us for a celebration of our Indigenous writing prize and an informal conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art on 18 March 2020.

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6.00-7.00pm

A conversation with Kimberley Moulton, Cara Pinchbeck, Clothilde Bullen and Stephen Gilchrist

7.00-8.30pm

Celebration, drinks and light refreshments

ABOUT THE AWARD

Power Publications Award for Indigenous Art Writing

This award seeks to recognise and encourage the work of Indigenous writers who are producing compelling, persuasively argued texts, and whose body of work constitutes a rich engagement with visual culture. This prize celebrates a significant contribution made by an Indigenous writer on the topic of Australian art, and in 2019 was awarded to Kimberley Moulton for her essay entitled 'I Can Still Hear Them Calling: Echoes Of My Ancestors' published in the book Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism.

This award is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

ABOUT THE CONVERSATION

"We need to develop a language through which we can critique our own people ... You just can’t start hammering away with broad swords independently; there has to be a methodology to it." —Vernon Ah Kee

The arts landscape is now shaped by a significant number of Indigenous artists and many of these artists have publicly decried/identified the lack of Indigenous critical writing. Others have questioned the utility of a critique informed by western ideals. Indigenous art writing is often interpreted as being either too uncritical or too dependent on the legacy of the west. Australian art publishers Power Publications and Art Monthly art both longstanding supporters of Indigenous art writing through their publications and the sponsorship of writing awards. A few years into their respective award initiatives, they have each arrived at the same question: how can more Indigenous voices be published to reflect distinct Indigenous critical framework that is not reactive to the west but an extension of Indigenous philosophies and theories? On the occasion of the announcement of the final winner of the Power Publications Award for Indigenous Art Writing, Kimberley Moulton and previous winner Cara Pinchbeck are invited to discuss the need for and ways to support more Indigenous voices in our arts media and apprehend the specificity of an Indigenous critique. This timely discussion will also include Clothilde Bullen and Stephen Gilchrist, with an emphasis on practical solutions that Australian publishers can apply to ensure that important cultural narratives are told by greater numbers of Indigenous scholars and critics.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Cara Pinchbeck is Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Clothilde Bullen is Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Board Member, Art Monthly.

Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta woman and Senior Curator South Eastern Aboriginal Collections at Museums Victoria and Deputy Chair of the board for Shepparton Art Museum.

Stephen Gilchrist is Associate Lecturer of Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney.

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6-8.30pm, Wednesday 18 March 2020

Veolia Lecture Theatre

Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George St

The Rocks NSW 2000

For enquiries, contact: powerinstitute.events@sydney.edu.au

Image: Vernon Ah Kee, I Witness (detail), 2017, vinyl, 240 x 320 cm; Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

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