"It's about putting indigenous people up front in the world, in every way - in fashion, in exhibitions, and in the gallery system" Fiona Foley.
Fiona Foley creates paintings, installations and photographs that deal with history, identity and personal signification. Her paintings are inspired by the natural environment of her hometown, Hervey Bay in south-east Queensland. She depicts cockatoo feathers, dugong bones, mangrove seed pods and yam leaves. Throughout her career, Foley has engaged issues of indigenous identity on a regional, national and international level, creating a dialogue with artists and communities in Australia, North and South America, Europe and the Pacific basin. In all her work, Foley insists the viewer re-examine historical stereotypes.
In 1987, Fiona Foley was a co-founder of the Boomali Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Sydney. In the ensuing period, she has exhibited in Chile, Bolivia, Japan, Russia, USA, Germany, South Africa and throughout Australia.
There is a feeling you sometimes get when you are witness to an important moment - a moment in history, a moment for change, an act of empowered voices. This exhibition captures one such moment.Dark Rooms: Women Directing the Lens 1978 - 98 has been curated by Naomi Evans for the Griffith University Art Museum, in Brisbane, and surveys a moment in...