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Fiona Foley

Artist, activist, curator and writer, Fiona Foley stands at the forefront of cultural-political discourse in Australia. Standing witness to a history of trauma, invasion and dispossession, her sculptural installations and photographs are sometimes angry, sometimes satirical, often humorous, always political. A descendant of the Badtjala people who were forcibly removed from the island of Thoorgine (Fraser Island) at the turn of the twentieth century, Foley engages fearlessly with the reclaiming of historical narratives, and of the land itself

Exhibitions

Strange Fruit
'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #1
'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #2

'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #3

'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #4

'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #5
'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #6

'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #7

'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH #8

'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
HHH
'Blankets' by Fiona Foley
Blankets [Aboriginal, Women, Property, Defiled, Ravished, Shared, Discarded]

'Samsara I' by Fiona Foley
Samsara I
'Samsara II' by Fiona Foley
Samsara II

'Samsara III' by Fiona Foley
Samsara III
'HHH#1' by Fiona Foley
Samsara IV

'Samsara V' by Fiona Foley
Samsara V
'Samsara VI' by Fiona Foley
Samsara VI

'Samsara VII' by Fiona Foley
Samsara VII
'Signpost I' by Fiona Foley
Signpost I

'Signpost II' by Fiona Foley
Signpost II
'Black Velvet 2' by Fiona Foley
Black Velvet II

'Samsara VII' by Fiona Foley
Mangrove Pods

Fiona Foley Biography

Born 20 March 1964

Individual Shows
2008   Sea of Love, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2007   No Shades of White, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
2006   Strange Fruit, October Gallery, London
2006   Red Ochre Me, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
2005   No Shades of White, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.
   Habitus–Habitat, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Queensland
2004   Bring It On a.k.a. HHH, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, USA
    Beyond the Sea, Presentation Convent, Carlow, Ireland.
   Wandering, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
  Fiona Foley, Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin
 2003 Samsara, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
  Red Ochre Me, Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Brisbane
 2002 Wild Times Call, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
  Them There Bones, New Land Gallery, Adelaide
 2001  Pir’ri-Mangrove, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
    Falling Tide—Kung Dhu’marami, Redback Art Gallery, Brisbane
    Fiona Foley, Niagara Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
    River of Corn, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
2000-02   Invisible Voices, Bundaberg Arts Centre, Bundaberg (touring); Yarrabah Museum; The Tanks,
Cairns
1998   Living With The Wind, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1997   Dulingbara—People of the Nautilus Shell, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
    Dulingbara—People of the Nautilus Shell, Savode Gallery, Brisbane
1996   Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile; Banco BHN, La Paz, Bolivia
    Wun’Duman, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1995   Exotica Under the Microscope, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
    Land Deal—Velvet Waters, Savode Gallery, Brisbane
1994   Fiona Foley, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1993   Lick My Black Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
1992   Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1991   By Land and Sea I Leave Ephemeral Spirit, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1989   A Three Legged Dog Day, Maningrida Arts & Craft, N.T.
    A Three Legged Dog Day, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1988   Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
    My Fishing Line Is Still In The Ocean, Griffith University, Queensland
     
Selected Group Shows
2008   Repeat that again!: The serial impulse in art since the ‘sixties, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
    Depth of field: Contemporary photography from The University of Queensland Art Collection, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
2007   Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
    No Laughing Matter, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
    Fifteen Years of Urban Art Projects, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
    The Betty Quelhurst Gift, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
    Sunshine State: Smart State, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
    The Unusual Suspects III, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2006   Bangu Yilbara: Works from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2004  Cultural Copy, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, USA
  Out of Country, Gallery 1601, The Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA
2003  The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2002-05  Native Title Business: Contemporary Indigenous Art, Queensland Museum, Brisbane (touring Nationally)
2002  The Queensland/Berlin Indigenous Art Exhibition, Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin, Germany
   Meridian: Focus on contemporary Australian art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
   Far From Home, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2001  Central Queensland Art Purchase, The Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust
   MCA Unpacked, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2000  Aboriginal Art in Modern Worlds, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
   Bonheurs des Antipodes, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France
   Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
1999  Claiming Title, Carleton & St Olaf Colleges, Northfield, Minnesota; Laurence University,
Wisconsin; Samuel Dorswky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New York, USA
   Isintu: Ceremony, Identity and Community, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
1998  Enjoin, Manila, The Philippines
1997  In Place (Out of Time), The Museum of Moden Art, Oxford, U.K.
  Sense, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Whanki Museum, Korea
1996  Containers ‘96, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Adelaide, Copenhagen, Denmark
   The Eye of the Storm, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
1995   Island to Island, Cheju Pre-Biennale, Korea
   Palindrome, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
1993  Wiyana/Perisferia (Periphery), satellite event of the 9th Biennale of Sydney, Boomalli
   Aboriginal Artists Co-operative at the Performance Space, Sydney & New South Wales tour
   Dream Time, Vigado Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
   Aratjara, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen,Düsseldorf, Germany; Hayward Gallery, London,
UK; Louisiana Art Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
   Urban Aboriginal Art, Jan Weiss Gallery, New York
1992  Crossroads—Towards a New Reality, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto & National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
   New Traks, Old Land, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston & USA tour
1991  Who’s Sorry Now, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Prizes/Awards
2003  Gallery Australian Art Competition
1991  Lloyd Rees Award for Outstanding Urban Design
Collections
British Museum, London
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Australian National Museum, Canberra
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Artbank, Sydney
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Gold Coast Art Gallery, Bundall
Hervey Bay City Council, Queensland
Darling Downs Institute of Education, Toowoomba
Flinders University Collection, Adelaide
Griffith University, Brisbane
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Grant Samuel Collection of Contemporary Art
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
The Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney
    
Selected Bibliography
2004    Haebich, Anna. Fiona Foley—Unsafe Sex, Spirit & Vision: Aboriginal Art, Kunst der Gegenwart, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg/Wien, Austria.
2001    Benjamin Genocchio, Fiona Foley: Solitaire, Piper Press, Sydney, Australia
    Helen McDonald, Erotic Ambiguities, The Female Nude in Art, Routledge, London, England
2000   Olu Oguibe, Fiona Foley, Fresh Cream, Phaidon Press
   
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