Exhibition: Wayne Quilliam
CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra
until 1 August 2014
Wayne Quilliam is one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous photographers/artists/curators/videographers and cultural advisers working at a local, national and international level.
His award winning career includes the coveted National NAIDOC Indigenous Artist of the Year, nominated as a Master of Photography by National Geographic, winner of Business of the Year for the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council and finalist in numerous photographic and art awards.
Quilliam won the 2008 Human Rights Media Award for his work on the Apology and the prestigious Walkley Award for his social documentary on the Redfern Riots.
For his CSIRO Discovery exhibition, Quilliam has selected key images from across the range of genres in which he works – some environmental, some journalistic or social, and some from his series exploring the physical body in the Australian landscape.
“Indigenous culture has been compressed and categorised with the advancement of civilisation and with that a prescriptive view that isolates, divides and perpetuates the myth of what a ‘real’ Aborigine is. My work challenges the myths of a culture frozen in time, in some idyllic pre-contact state. The visual narrative instigates confronting commentary on the ideology of an ancient culture evolving in contemporary society whilst the physical images conjure a conceptual environment in which primeval connotations are challenged.”
– Wayne Quilliam
This exhibition is presented to coincide with NAIDOC Week celebrations.