Vexed, Fiona Foley
9 August to 6 September 2014
NCCA presents Vexed, a solo exhibition by Fiona Foley in the main gallery and screen room. Taking its name from Foley’s 2013 video work which was filmed in Alice Springs, Vexed concerns the disruption to traditional courting and betrothal/marriage customs wrought by colonisation. Implicit in this scenario is the vexed and changing role of Aboriginal women on the colonial frontier. The exhibition features retrospective works by Foley that address the same theme, as well as a new letter-based sculpture spelling the words ‘Black Velvet’, produced in association with Brisbane-based Urban Art Projects.
Fiona Foley is a Badtjala artist from Fraser Island (Thoorgine), Queensland, who resides in Brisbane. She is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists; in 2014 she was awarded the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Award recognised as a ‘fearless advocate for Indigenous political and social equality’. Since 2008, Foley has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland; she is curator of the upcoming exhibition Courting Blackness (5 to 28 September 2014) and related symposium (5-6 September) at the University of Queensland: www.courtingblackness.com
Fiona Foley is represented by Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.