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Vernon Ah Kee Biography

Vernon Ah Kee was born in North Queensland and is of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidindji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples. He has been living in Brisbane for over twelve years. His art is primarily a critique of Australian popular culture, specifically the Black/White dichotomy. Over five years he has tailored text as the visual. Humour, biting and black, aerates the slogans which otherwise might miss their target in the Australian audience and rebound on the artist in an angry and depressing squalor. As it is, the signs are profoundly beautiful, pithy and poetic, while hitting hard.

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Vernon completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, majoring in drawing and screenprinting. of north Queensland. He is an Associate Lecturer and is currently completing his Doctorate of Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art 

Vernon Ah Kee In Ocula Magazine

Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions Ocula Insight Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions By Stephanie Bailey, Sydney

This essay appears in 52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience, co-published by Artspace Sydney and Thames & Hudson Australia in 2019. It is now exclusively published online with Ocula in collaboration with Artspace Sydney. The publication is available to purchase from here. As part of his Instagram intervention for 52 ARTISTS...

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Sydney Summer Report Ocula Report Sydney Summer Report By Rachel Fuller, Sydney

When Silence Falls
 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 
19 December 2015 - 1 May 2016 Currently showing in the contemporary galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, When Silence Falls is a collection-based, group exhibition curated by AGNSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck....

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh By Rachael Vance, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Vernon Ah Kee In Related Press

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL Related Press HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL 3 May 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial has already been in full swing for one month by the time I arrived in Hawai'i. Directed by Fumio Nanjo of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, and curated by Ngahiraka Mason, formerly of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Biennial, entitled Middle of Now | Here, is the first-ever event of its kind in the Pacific...

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How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? Related Press How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? 3 April 2017, Frieze

Given the current political climate, we here at frieze have been reflecting on the role of art in responding to conflict. With this in mind, we invited a cross-section of artists, curators and writers to answer two deceptively simple questions: ‘How important is art as a form of protest?’ and ‘How effective is it as a conduit of change?’ Responses...

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Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona Related Press Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona 23 January 2017, Apollo

Since opening in 2011, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Australia, has put man’s biological impulses and realities at the heart of its curatorial mission. Mona’s founder David Walsh declared infamously that the only relevant themes in contemporary art (and the ones guiding his personal collection) were sex and death. Newspaper...

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Postcard from Brisbane
 Related Press Postcard from Brisbane
 27 September 2016, Frieze

As I write this, I’m on a long-haul flight from London to Brisbane, the sub-tropical capital of the state of Queensland, Australia. I’ve grabbed a copy of The Wall Street Journal and flip to its global weather forecast. It kindly includes both Sydney and Melbourne – however, the space between Boston and Brussels gapes cruelly. For...

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