This exhibition looks at the contemporary identity of 21st Century Aboriginal artists whose ancestry is of the Clarence Valley.
What is the Clarence Valley Identity of Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung and Yaegl people?
How do Indigenous peoples perceive themselves in regard to history, the present and future within the Clarence Valley?
Knowing our cultural history is important, the portrayal of legends, stories and family histories which have the surrounding backdrop of mountains, rivers and sea, gives a rich and colourful source for artistic expression. Bringing in the 21st century urban landscape and the upheaval caused by political policies and social events also infiltrate artistic expression of Indigenous artists.
There has been a revival of first languages in the Valley, local Goories are learning to speak like their ancestors. This brings a different way to present artistic ideas on all aspects of being Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung and Yaegl. Personally, I like to use my father's language to create images that will be my artistic footprint.
For this exhibition, established artists and younger emerging artists were asked to explore and respond to this theme the using as wide array of artistic mediums possible such as photography, animation, prose, songs/music, film and painting.
Curator - Deborah Taylor 2017
Image credit: Ceretha Skinner - Untitled (detail)