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