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Floor Talk: First Nations Narratives

Gordon Hookey, Burke and Wills, 2021, oil on canvas

Gordon Hookey,
Burke and Wills, 2021,
Oil on canvas on Caravaggio linen,
Image Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery

Curator Andrea Briggs will lead a roving floor talk that highlights artworks and narratives by First Nations artists in the painting exhibition Zombie Eaters.

The floor talk will explore included paintings by Daniel Boyd, Gordon Hookey, John Citizen, Kaylene Whiskey, Marlene Gilson and Vanessa Inkamala.

Zombie Eaters is an exhibition that celebrates strengths in recent Australian painting. It features representational artworks that span the 1960s to the present, with a focus on contemporary painting. The exhibition illustrates the medium’s enduring ability to contend with artistic, political, cultural and personal challenges throughout a wide range of approaches to painting.

Format: a standing/roving floor talk led by Andrea Briggs that focuses on six paintings. Museum ‘pause’ stools will be available for visitors to use. The talk will be audible throughout the Paul Ramsay Galleries.

What to expect: This event will be a roving floor talk that focuses on six paintings. Museum ‘pause’ stools will be available for visitors to use and sit at each artwork if required. The talk will be audible throughout the Paul Ramsay Galleries.

Meet the Curator

Andrea Briggs is a Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta curator from Narrandera, NSW. Her curatorial practice aims to highlight and support political expressions of artmaking – an approach she considers to be most effective and resonant in contextualising lived experiences.

From 2009 -2016, Andrea coordinated the Black Screen Program at the National Film and Sound Archive, providing access to First Nation Films and touring works to regional and remote areas of Australia. In 2017, she was Program Assistant of the Indigenous Unit at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. Andrea Briggs is currently the Assistant Curator, First Nations at Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).

Since 2018, she has contributed to the care, presentation and development of the MAMA Collection and the development and delivery of exhibitions, with a focus on artistic programs involving First Nation artists.



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