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Vernon Ah Kee / Kuku Yalanji/Waanyi/Yidinyji/Guugu Yimithirr peoples QLD / 
neither pride nor courage (detail) 2006 / The James C Sourris, AM, Collection / Gift of James C Sourris, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2007 / Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
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16 AUGUST 2013
GOMA TALKS INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY, HISTORY AND LIFE
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s (QAGOMA) popular GOMA Talks series returns from September 5 with three live discussions exploring Indigenous Australian contemporary art, politics and ideas.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said this series of GOMA Talks would delve deeper into discussions around country, life and history inspired by the current GOMA exhibition ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’.

‘Continuing the Gallery’s partnership with ABC Radio National, each free fortnightly GOMA Talks evening session hosted by an RN presenter will use a thematic strand in the exhibition as a launching pad for debate,’ Mr Saines said.

On Thursday September 5, Daniel Browning, presenter of ABC Radio National’s Awaye! program, explores how ideas about country are expressed in writing, with guests including acclaimed journalist and author Nicolas Rothwell; award winning novelist Melissa Lucashenko; and Yugambeh Museum Director Rory O’Connor.

On Thursday September 19, Future Tense presenter Antony Funnell looks into identity through the lens of politics and culture, with a panel including journalist Jeremy Geia; ¬†anthropologist, linguist and author of The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus, Peter Sutton and ‘My Country’ exhibiting artist Vernon Ah Kee.

This series concludes on Thursday October 3 when Weekend Arts’ Sarah Kanowski asks how contemporary artists capture histories, express current issues and shape possible futures, joined by ‘My Country’ exhibiting artist Bindi Cole; art historian and editor of How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art Professor Ian McLean; and curator and contributor to the ‘My Country’ exhibition publication, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington.

GOMA Talks is streamed live via the QAGOMA website, with viewers encouraged to submit questions to the panel via text message or social media.

Admission to GOMA Talks is free and no bookings are required. The hour-long sessions are hosted in the GOMA cinema and commence from 6.30pm.The Audi GOMA Bar opens at 5.00pm for drinks and light meals and music from DJ Kristy McMahon, host of Radio 4ZZZ’s Indigi-Briz program.

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ continues at GOMA until October 7. It features over 300 works by Indigenous Australian artists from every state and territory, drawn from the Gallery's holdings of painting, sculpture, fibre art, prints, photography, installation and video art, as well as two major site specific installations.

For further information visit qagoma.qld.gov.au/gomatalks
 
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