Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) - Solo Show Geraldton regional Art Gallery, Western Australia
Curated by Charmaine Green, Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) is an exhibition of Dowling's own family and other First Nation individuals marked as 'Unknown' from international photographic archives.
Dowling thematically investigates the First Nation struggle for compensation for stolen wages and reparations for slavery both within the colonial state and in international courts of justice.
‘Aunty Violet’, 2017, 89.6 x 110cm, Acrylic, Red Ochre and Mica Gold on canvas.
Between 1800s and 1970s, First Nation workers in Australia were enslaved. Denied wages that were stolen by corrupt officials and employers, generations of First Nations in Australia were locked into a cycle of poverty that still exists today.
‘Unknown: Dyilima Gabi (Carrying Water)’, 2017, 95x120cm, Acrylic, Mixed media on canvas
‘Great Uncle Sam’ (Detail), 2017, 101.5 x 152cm, Acrylic, Red Ochre and Mica Gold on canvas
'MALGA GURLBARL - HARD SECRET'
, at Seipple Gallery, Cologne Germany for K1 #5
"Between 1800s and 1970s, First Nation workers in Australia were enslaved. Denied wages that were stolen by corrupt officials and employers, generations of First Nations in Australia were locked into a cycle of poverty that still exists today.
Badimaya/Yamatji painter, Julie Dowling, has compiled an exhibition on the theme of Slavery in Australia for First Nation people both in these past centuries and in current Australian society. From diving for pearls to back breaking farm labour, from minding children of their colonial masters to present day work for government benefits, Dowling forces Australians to face racist discourses that First Nation people were/are lazy and a drain on society. An amnesia exists whereby Australian agriculture and other primary industries were founded on the slavery of its first peoples. The works in Dowling’s exhibition speak of these atrocities and to show how beautifully resilient her people are despite this."
- Carol Dowling
'Woorda (Brother)', 2008, acrylic, polymer and ochre on canvas
Art Gallery of Ballarat
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The City’s NAIDOC Week celebrations open with an exhibition - Burda-Burda Dhulga - at the Joondalup Art Gallery, featuring the work of internationally renowned artist Julie Dowling.
Dowling’s work investigates injustices suffered by the Indigenous community and her pictorial works have a strong political edge.
Her work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas.
Descended from the Badimaya First Nation people from the region around Mt. Magnet Payne's Find & Lake Moore, Dowling references such diverse art traditions in her work, including European portraiture and Christian icons, mural painting and Indigenous iconography.
Her work is dazzling and deep, imbued with meaning and spirit, containing powerful images of stolen generation children juxtaposed with heavy embellishments of jewels and glitter.
Wednesday June 29 – Friday July 29
Tuesday to Friday (gallery opening hours), 10.00am – 2.00pm
Joondalup Art Gallery, 4/48 Central Walk, Joondalup, Western Australia
Contact 9400 4230 for more information.