Brook Garru Andrew: DIWIL
When: Friday 12 March – Sunday 4 October 2021
Where: Joss Family Galleries, MAMA.
Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is proud to present DIWIL, an immersive installation by the internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and scholar, Brook Garru Andrew.
The Wiradjuri word diwil translates to 'collection' and reflects on the artist’s relationship with objects, history, and Country. The exhibition marks the premiere of GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY, a major new installation commissioned by MAMA. GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY is a wall drawing and neon installation that fully surrounds audiences in the museum’s collection galleries. The work is part of a continually evolving approach to wall drawing and museum intervention, and prominently includes language, with the words NGAJUU NGAAY – I SEE making the gallery a place of inspection, reckoning and exchange.
Within the space created by GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY, key works from the last decade amplify the artist’s approach to harnessing alternative narratives to explore the legacies of colonisation and modernism.
Brook Garru Andrew’s matriarchal kinship is from the kalar midday (land of the three rivers) of Wiradjuri, and Ngunnawal on his mother’s father’s line, both Aboriginal nations of Australia, and paternally Celtic. He is driven by the collisions of intertwined narratives, often emerging from the mess of the “Colonial Hole”. He was Artistic Director of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, 2020, and is currently Enterprise Professor, Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of Melbourne, Associate Professor, Fine Art at Monash University and Associate Researcher at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Brook is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.