FIONA FOLEY: STRANGE FRUIT
19 October - 2 December 2006
Presented by October Gallery in association with Andrew Baker, Art Dealer, Brisbane.
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.This exhibition features a recent body of work through which Foley explores discourses of hatred as manifest in contemporary Australian society. In the style of anthropological portraits, her series of HHH (Hedonistic Honky Haters) photographs draws uncomfortable and uncompromising attention to difficult histories of racism, violence and oppression.
Fiona Foley trained at Sydney College of Arts and Central St Martins College, London. She was one of the founding members of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative in Sydney, and is today represented in all major public collections in Australia. She has curated several exhibitions and written and lectured extensively on the subject of indigenous and colonial culture. This is her first solo exhibition in London.
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