Wayne Quilliam talks at the National Museum
Dec 30, 2009
Australia’s leading Aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam was joined by a panel of experts to present and discuss his three most intriquing Indigenous photographs at the National Museum in Canberra.
In association with the A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903-1928 exhibition, Quilliam and the panel will explore the ways images continue to be used by Indigenous and non-indigenous people, as well as their contemporary role as the starting point for historians, artists, curators and communities.
“Demystify the myth and reality of Indigenous visual imaging is not only necessary but essential to the understanding of who we are as a people. The human element of photographs is emotive and provocative, it inspires one to find depth, meaning and perhaps even a revelation that the vision captured by a ‘camera’ is more than just an image”, Quilliam says.
“I'm intrigued by the differing perceptions of how Indigenous people are or should be represented in photographs in particular by my own people and other international Indigenous communities I work with. After recent trips to Mexico and Bolivia my own views have dramatically changed ” he adds.
The discussion will be held in Visions Theatre National Museum of Australia ACT 2601 Australia Canberra.
G’Day USA is thrilled to partner with A.Professor Wayne Quilliam, one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous photographers/artist/curators and cultural advisers for the 10th Anniversary G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles on January 12th. He will join Elle McPherson, John Travolta and Paul Hogan on this night of nights as his extraordinary imagery of Australia provides a vivid and evocative visual foundation at the celebrated event.
Quilliam’s stunning and provocative work has been recognized throughout Australia and internationally. His award winning career includes the coveted Indigenous Artist of the Year, Business of the Year and numerous photographic and art awards. Wayne is the winner of the Human Rights Media Award a prestigious Walkley Award and nominated as a Master of Photography by National Geographic.
He has created and curated over 130 exhibitions throughout the world and been published in more than 1000 magazines, books and newspapers. Wayne is currently a National Ambassador for the Year of Literacy, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Reconciliation Australia. He will also open a new exhibition in New York on the 18th of January at the Australian Embassy.
Perpetually fascinated by his culture and the sense of inclusion and belonging Wayne continuously strives to unifying subject and audience through his artwork. “I describe my art as ‘Ideas people belong to’, each and every artwork has a different persona which encourage people to belong to a concept, belong to the creation stories, and belong to our culture, a culture of morphosis”. “The opportunity to again showcase my work to United States is an honour. The G’Day LA visuals are centred on my landscape artwork, the beauty of our nature and the land we nurture. The New York show will be a combination of three different styles of work Nudes, Culture and Earth”.
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