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Institute of Modern Art presents Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY

October 22–December 23, 2022

The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) presents renowned Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey’s first survey exhibition, A MURRIALITY. 

The most well-known aspects of Hookey’s writing are his scathing satire of Australian politics and culture, his clever critique of racism, and his examination of traditions of oral and visual history-making. A MURRIALITY provides viewpoints on historical and current challenges affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through sculpture, printmaking, film, and large-scale painting. Hookey discusses topics relating to land rights, environmental damage, institutional violence, violations of human rights, systemic racism, and police corruption through the perspective of his own experience as a Murri person.

The exhibition comprises artworks from Hookey’s studio archive as well as a substantial new commission of eight protest-style banners. It charts more than three decades of daring practice and contains more than twenty important works throughout the artist’s career. The new commission offers contemporary socio-political criticism while also anticipating a truly empowered Indigenous future. It draws influence from banners Hookey created to be used in the public domain for Invasion Day marches and rallies honoring Aboriginal resistance warrior Dundalli in 2020.

A MURRIALITY is co-curated by José Da Silva, Director, UNSW Galleries, and Liz Nowell, Director, IMA.

An accompanying exhibition publication featuring writing by Shannon BrettJax ComptonJosé Da SilvaGordon HookeyBruce Johnson McLeanLiz Nowell and Pablo José Ramírez will be published in late 2022 and is available for pre-order.

This project is developed in partnership with UNSW Galleries, where the exhibition was presented from 30 July–2 October 2022, and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Gordon Darling Foundation, IMA Commissioners Circle and UNSW Commissioners Circle. 

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