Activism through art forum - re-visioning histories

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre on Wednesday 03 August 2016.

Artists from across Victoria will come together for a special forum based around the ground breaking exhibition, Re-visioning Histories, to discuss the role of activism in art within an Indigenous context on Sunday 21 August 2016.

Can activism be expressed through contemporary art?

The forum will tackle some of the big questions and offer an artist perspective. They will discuss whether artists have a responsibility to raise awareness of issues that are not frequently discussed in mainstream media? What dialogues are formed through integrating political activism and art-making? Who controls these dialogues?

This lively discussion will be moderated by Karen Jackson, Director, Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit Victoria University and guest speakers include artists: Fergus Binns, Steven Rhall and Yhonnie Scarce.

The Re-visioning Histories exhibition catalogue will also be launched on the day.

Re-visioning Histories brings together leading Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to revaluate the history of colonisation and its impact on Indigenous Australians.

Curated by Indigenous artist Yhonnie Scarce and Curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Claire Watson, the exhibition employs the colonial past of the gallery as its starting point to discuss the many potent issues around the history of colonisation and its impact on Indigenous Australians.

Re-visioning Histories asks Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to explore these histories, the symbolism of the site, and the complex issues Indigenous Australians live with today. The ten artists in the exhibition include: Fergus Binns, Megan Cope, Vicki Couzens, Nici Cumpston (SA), Will French (NSW), Dale Harding (QLD), Anna Liebzeit, Steaphan Paton, Steven Rhall and Yhonnie Scarce.