Artist Talk - Gordon Hookey in conversation with José Da Silva

Join renowned Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey in conversation with Jose Da Silva, Director UNSW Galleries 
| Curator,  2024 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art as they map-out three decades of Hookey’s arts practice where art and activism fuse. 

Gordon Hookey locates his art at the interface where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures converge. His work is best known for its biting satire of Australian culture and politics, its witty critique of racism, and an exploration of oral and image-based history-making traditions. Across sculpture, printmaking, video, and large-scale painting, ‘A MURRIALITY’ presents perspectives on historical and contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through the lens of Hookey’s lived experience as a Murri person, this includes legal injustices, international conflict, cultural representations, and language.

Presented to celebrate the opening of Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY at Cairns Art Gallery,
16 December 2023 - 18 February 2024

Please note: This exhibition contains adult content including strong language and graphic imagery.


Co-commissioned by the Institute of Modern Art and UNSW Galleries. Developed in partnership by UNSW Galleries and the Institute of Modern Art, the national tour is supported by the Visions of Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Gordon Darling Foundation, IMA Commissioners Circle, and UNSW Commissioners Circle.


Photographer Rhett Hammerton.

Saturday 16 Dec
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Cost: Free

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