Graphic encounters exhibition

The project is seeking funding to commissions artworks from emerging and establishing Indigenous artists, in response to the archive being compiled. These artworks will form the basis for a travelling exhibition which will bring to light the prints of Aboriginal Australians these Aboriginal artists choose to respond to. The exhibition will also show the significance of the prints selected by these artists in the depiction of first Australians and their central place in the national visual archive. Conventions in Australian cultural heritage and colonial cultural history will be interrogated by foregrounding the derivation of prints in the Indigenous subjects depicted and their communities. Together with this inclusive catalogue the Graphic Encounters exhibition will reveal the import of the print archive to Indigenous and national heritage as well as to intercolonial public networks. We are hoping to also involve descendants in the curatoriums and exhibition design.

Through creating an online database the project will create a new resource for descendants and where protocol allows, for non-indigenous Australians to engage with their print heritage.

The cultural circuits of settler-colonialism as forged by the visual elements of print will one focus of the displays in each exhibition. Rather than treat prints as discrete artefacts selected for study for their aesthetic worth, the Graphic Encounters exhibition will showcase how prints traversed the cultural networks of empire. The exhibition  will generate fresh insights into the colonial public sphere by tracking the recurrence and reproduction of print imagery, thus discerning new circuits through which its reach and influence will be charted. The exhibition will draw on overlooked locales in the production of knowledge of Indigenous Australians by tracing reprints and run-ons across transnational sites. The artworks commissioned by the project for the exhibition will redress the colonial overview of Aboriginal Australians by providing a forum for Indigenous artists to look back, double take and reinscribe their visuality and identity.

Become a partner

We are currently in the process of developing partnerships for this exhibition. If you would like to partner with us please contact Graphic Encounters on +61 (0)3 9479 2370 or 0424 132 605

Register your interest

We are keen to hear from any collectors who would like their artworks to be exhibited as part of the Graphic Encounters exhibition.