Shadowlife

ARTISTS: Vernon Ah Kee, Bindi Cole, Brenda L. Croft, Destiny Deacon & Virginia Fraser, Fiona Foley, Gary Lee, Michael Riley, Ivan Sen and Christian Thompson

CURATORS:
Djon Mundine OAM and Natalie King

Asialink and the Bendigo Art Gallery present Shadowlife, an exhibition of works by nine internationally renowned contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists (and one non-Indigenous collaborator) engaged in photo-based practices.

Wungguli, an Arnhem Land Djambarrpuyngu word, means spirit and shadow and came to describe photographic image. Dreaming tells us that the shadow is your soul. Shadowlife embraces moving image and photography with all its directness, theatricality and immediacy by confronting stereotypes and acting out scenarios.

Download ‘Shadowlife: moving image’ brochure [pdf] presented at India Art Fair: 25-29 January 2012 and Melbourne Indigenous Festival: 10–12 February 2012


Vernon Ah Kee, Whitefella normal, blackfella me 2004 (still), Digital video with sound, 00:30 seconds, Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane
 


Vernon Ah Kee
 
Whitefella normal, blackfella me 2004 (still),
Digital video with sound, 00:30 seconds. 
Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane 
 


Bindi Cole, Still from Seventy Times Seven 2011, DVD, 10:21 minutes Image courtesy the artist and Nellie Castan Gallery   

 
Bindi Cole
 
Seventy Times Seven 2011 (Still),
DVD, 10:21 minutes 
Courtesy of the artist and Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne 
 


Brenda Croft, A Hostile Landscape, 2003, from the series Man About Town, 200 Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery 

 
Brenda L. Croft

A Hostile Landscape, 2003, from the series Man About Town, 2003
Giclee print on rag paper. 
Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney
Brenda L. Croft, Man About Town 2003 from the series Man About Town 2003, Giclee print on rag paper, 80 x 119 cm, Edition of 10, Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney   

 
Brenda L. Croft

Man About Town 2003 from the series Man About Town 2003,
Giclee print on rag paper, 80 x 119 cm.
Edition of 10. 
Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney 
Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Colour Blinded 2005, Installation, lightjet prints from orthochromatic film negative, golliwog dolls, polystyrene and perspex cubes, low-pressure sodium lamps, video with sound, Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney   

 
Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser

Colour Blinded 2005. Installation, lightjet prints from orthochromatic film negative, golliwog dolls, polystyrene and perspex cubes, low-pressure sodium lamps, video with sound. Dimensions variable.
Courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 
Fiona Foley, Still from Bliss, 2006 DVD 11:00mins   

 
Fiona Foley 

Bliss 2006 (still),
Digital video with sound, 11:00 minutes 
Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane 
Gary Lee, Michael 2009 from the series On the verge 2009-10, 52.5 x 70 cm (image), 62.5 x 80 cm (paper). Courtesy of the artist and Alcastan Gallery, Melbourne; Harrison Gallery, Perth, and Sheahan Galleries, Wollongong   

 
Gary Lee
 
Michael 2009 from the series On the verge 2009-10, 52.5 x 70 cm (image), 62.5 x 80 cm (paper), Courtesy of the artist and Alcastan Gallery, Melbourne; Harrison Gallery, Perth, and Sheahan Galleries, Wollongong 
10. Michael Riley, From the series They call me niigarr, 1996   

 
Michael Riley

Licorice 1995 from the series They call me niigarr 1995. Pigment print, 31 x 39.5 cm 
Courtesy of the Michael Riley Foundation and Stills Gallery, Sydney 
Ivan Sen, Dust 1999 (still), Digital video with sound, 25:00 minutes. Courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, ACT  

 
Ivan Sen
 
Dust 1999 (still). Digital video with sound, 25:00 minutes. 
Courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, ACT 
Christian Thompson, Gamu Mambu (Blood Song) 2010, 2:30mins Image courtesy the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi
 

 
Christian Thompson

Gamu Mambu (Blood Song) 2010, (still). 
Digital video with sound, 2:30mins.
Courtesy the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne



Exhibition dates and venues
:

Thailand:  1 March – 29 April 2012, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Bangkok
Download the Shadowlife catalogue essay in Thai language

Taiwan:  16 June – 12 August 2012, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung

Singapore:  25 August – 30 September 2012, Nanyang Academy of Fine Art 
Australia:  13 April - 28 July 2013, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria 

Shadowlife: moving image:
India Art Fair:
25-29 January 2012 and Melbourne Indigenous Festival: 10–12 February 2012


Asialink, www.asialink.unimelb.edu.au
Bendigo Art Gallery
Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Government, Australia Council for the Arts
Victoria, The Visual Arts and Craft Strategy Gordon Darling Foundation Besen Family Foundation