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Talk: Introduction to Blak Photography

Assistant Curator, First Nations, Andrea Briggs stands looks at the camera standing in front of two works of art by contemporary first nations artists.

Together with MAMA Curator Michael Moran, explore examples of First Nations photographic practice in Australia as well as key works held in the Museum Collection by Tracey Moffatt, Michael Riley, Destiny Deacon and Brook Garru Andrew. The visual talk will be held within our current exhibition space of Moffatt’s acclaimed artwork Something More – the artist’s first photographic series in a career spanning three decades.

Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most renowned contemporary artists on both a national and international scale, working in photography and film. Something More was conceived while Moffatt was artist-in residence at Albury Regional Art Centre in May 1989, produced collaboratively with local community members of Albury-Wodonga. The nine images centre on an ambiguous tale of a young woman – played by Moffatt – and her longing for ‘something more’ amongst the stifling atmosphere of small-town life. The series demonstrates all of the elements that have made her work so acclaimed: the staged theatricality, with references to film, art and photographic history while exploring issues of race and gender.

This is free public event, all welcome.

Michael Moran - Curator, Murray Art Museum Albury

Leading the curatorial team, Michael oversees the creative program, and management of the Museum’s permanent collection. As a curator he strives to create a balanced exhibition program that represents local artists and collection hangs, alongside an ambitious program of original exhibitions and commissions. Michael has been with the Museum since 2017 and has developed the Museum’s artistic voice. He has elevated the ambitions of the program to both advance contemporary curatorial practice and provide meaningful opportunities to exhibit for local artists.

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