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Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

Past Exhibition

Danie Mellor

Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

This major survey focuses on the past decade of Danie Mellor’s practice, and is the first exhibition to consider in depth the artist’s contribution to contemporary Australian art. Mellor’s Indigenous heritage informs his art and he maintains strong links with his mother’s Country on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland.

His twenty-first century works unravel connections between his familial cultures and the secrets inherent in Australian history. Starting from what Mellor refers to as ‘post-settlement’ Australia (beginning with European settlement in the late 1780s), his practice focuses on the historical intersections of people, ideas and culture, and the transformations that resulted when Indigenous environments were appropriated and commodified. In this exhibition Mellor’s narrative unfolds through a number of recurring themes which compel us to consider Australia’s colonial legacy and encourage engagement with the nation’s shared and contested histories.

 

See Danie Mellor talk about his exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art.

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Past Exhibition

Danie Mellor

10 May - 27 July 2014

Curated by: Maudie Palmer AO; Coordinating Curator: Samantha Littley

Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

This major survey focuses on the past decade of Danie Mellor’s practice, and is the first exhibition to consider in depth the artist’s contribution to contemporary Australian art. Mellor’s Indigenous heritage informs his art and he maintains strong links with his mother’s Country on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland.

His twenty-first century works unravel connections between his familial cultures and the secrets inherent in Australian history. Starting from what Mellor refers to as ‘post-settlement’ Australia (beginning with European settlement in the late 1780s), his practice focuses on the historical intersections of people, ideas and culture, and the transformations that resulted when Indigenous environments were appropriated and commodified. In this exhibition Mellor’s narrative unfolds through a number of recurring themes which compel us to consider Australia’s colonial legacy and encourage engagement with the nation’s shared and contested histories.

 

See Danie Mellor talk about his exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art.