Black Velvet: your label
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Explore a range of the social, political and cultural issues affecting Indigenous women today, through a solo exhibition of striking works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist Boneta-Marie Mabo.
As kuril dhagun’s inaugural Artist in Residence in 2015, Boneta-Marie delved into State Library of Queensland’s collections, discovering historical portraits of Indigenous women without names. The use of derogatory terms, such as ‘black velvet’, in place of names meant these women’s identities were controlled and distorted by mainstream society.
In her new body of work, Boneta-Marie responds to this injustice, teasing out these themes through her use of language and materials. Black Velvet: your label presents powerful, larger-than-life portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, giving them a voice that was historically denied to them, and granting them control over their own image.
Rather than reclaiming or endorsing the use of the term ‘black velvet’, Boneta-Marie aims to expose ongoing contemporary issues for Indigenous women in Queensland and across Australia, in the hope of acknowledgement, education, and change.
Black Velvet: your label is a solo exhibition by 2015 Artist in Residence Boneta-Marie Mabo.
Image: kuril dhagun Artist in Residence Boneta-Marie Mabo with her work Your Label #1, 2015.
- 12th Mar 2016 10:00am-5:00pm
- Every day, until 29th May 2016
- kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
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