Understanding Aboriginal pain with Wyndham City’s virtual exhibition

Wyndham City is hosting its second virtual exhibition, with an installation focusing on Tasmanian Aboriginal children taken by colonists in the early 1800s.

The artwork will be installed at Wyndham Art Gallery, then photographed and digitally rendered to bring you an online exhibition.

Tasmanian Trawlwoolway artist Julie Gough has exhibited True Lies (and alibis) widely across Australia and internationally.

Arts and heritage portfolio holder Cr Tony Hooper said Gough’s installation offered residents an insight into the life of Aboriginal children in Tasmania in the early 1800s.

“The exhibition focuses on Tasmanian Aboriginal children being taken by colonists in the early 1800s, which included Gough’s ancestor, Dalrymple Briggs, who lived with a colonial surgeon and his wife as a child,” Cr Hooper said.

“The exhibition delves into the lives of Dalrymple and other Aboriginal people through video, a series of 181 posters originally presented in the forest of the Queens Domain, Hobart, and an evidence wall which demonstrates the interactions between the colonial settlers and Aboriginal people.”

“This historical exhibition, through the eyes of an Aboriginal artist, may present new perspectives for the audience to consider intergenerational trauma and the impact of Cook’s landing from Aboriginal perspectives.”

Gough’s work explores how Aboriginal Australians may not see the arrival of Captain James Cook on 29th April 1770 as the beginning of the nation’s history but as the person who paved the way for the invasion of their land and the year of pain that followed.

Wyndham City recognises the role and value of Aboriginal people and Australia’s history and to showcase this in art form helps to build stronger communities.

What: A gallery exhibition that’s being presented digitally

When: 9th July – 30th August, Digital Opening July 9th, 6:30pm

Where: Wyndham Art Gallery, Digital Gallery

Cost: FREE

Bookings/Info: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/true-lies-and-alibis

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