Join Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, for the Cairns Art Gallery CIAF Program Opening of Daniel Boyd: Bitter Sweet, Lei it on & Greg Semu: Blood Red.
Performace by Maluilgal Dance Group.
BLOOD RED brings together a body of new, large-scale photographic works completed in Coen, a remote Indigenous community in Cape York, Far North Queensland.
Greg Semu, Black tracker family 2017, type C photography © Greg Semu. Courtesy the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
Bitter Sweet brings together major works that trace the hidden history of slavery in Far North Queensland that resulted in 60,000 South Sea Islander people being taken to work in sugarcane plantations from the mid-1800s and early-1900s.
Daniel Boyd, Untitled (P13) 2013, oil and archival glue on linen, 214 x 300cm. Collection of Gwen and Stewart Wallis AO, Bowral © Daniel Boyd. Photographed Jessica Maurer. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Lei it on presents a collection of contemporary lei and body adornment made by Torres Strait Islander communities in workshops held on Thursday Island, Saibai Island, Erub (Darnley Island), Mer (Murray Island), Mua (Moa Island) and Badu in early 2017.
Theresa Clermont, Shirley Ewadie Daniel, Dadib Ema Ingui, Bonita Kaida, Ngalpan Buway lei (Our family lei) 2017, aluminium cans, cassowary feathers, seeds, steel cable, adhesive 93 x 100 x 1 cm (variable). Courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo: Michael Marzik.