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This exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art pushes against expectations as it dives into the void
Emily McDaniel, from from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation, is one of the busiest young curators working in Sydney at the moment. For this exhibition at UTS Gallery, she's pulling together works from a diverse range of Aboriginal contemporary artists across drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, video and photography, all looking into “the void”. There are artists that are relative newcomers, joining with elders with extraordinary careers in art.
“Art is defined as much by what it is, as what it isn't,” McDaniel says. “Artists express what we don't have words for and that's certainly what you’ll find with the Indigenous artists that have been included in this exhibition. Indigenous artists are innovative, constantly changing and finding new ways to articulate old ways... The challenge that I come across so often with working with audiences in creating experiences around contemporary Aboriginal art is breaking free of the expectation of consistency.”
The line-up of artists includes: Hayley Millar-Baker, Danièle Hromek, Jonathan Jones, Mabel Juli, John Mawurndjul AM, Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, Andy Snelgar, James Tylor, Jennifer Wurrkidj and Josephine Wurrkidj.