Badtjala Woman 1994

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Foley, Fiona
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2022
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This exhibition featured a work of mine titled Badtjala Woman, 1994 along with the work of Yee I-Lann. In the catalogue (248 pages) on pages 32 to 33 this photographic work is written about. I travelled to Singapore on 21 July to speak in conjunction with Yee I-Lann on 23 July at the National Gallery of Singapore. I spoke on my photographic practice and being a Badtjala artist in Australia. Fiona Foley presented an artist talk alongside Yee I-Lann to discuss photography’s historical role in constructing the image of the “native” in colonised territories in their works Badtjala Woman (1994) and Picturing Power (2013) respectively. Currently on display in Ever Present: First People’s Art of Australia at the National Gallery Singapore, both works unpack the misconceptions and confront the narratives they discovered reflected in colonial photographic archives. This dialogue between the artists and Gallery curator Goh Sze Ying, aimed to address the comparative legacies of colonisation through both artists’ critical approaches as well as their commitment to examine the past in their practice.

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Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia
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Ever Present: Unsettled borders of region, history and art
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Visual arts
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
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Foley, F, Badtjala Woman 1994, 2022
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