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Bindi Cole Artist Talk | Contemporary Australia: Women | GOMA

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Published on May 8, 2012

Bindi Cole has both Aboriginal and British heritage, and her work tends to focus on explorations of her own identity. Her practice encompasses painting, collage, text, video, performance, soundscapes and projections in works that are often deeply personal.

Cole's work for this exhibition is the result of an exploration of many issues in her life. Her grandmother was a member of the Stolen Generations, and the work can be read as a reply to the Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples made in 2008 by the prime minister, which specifically referred to the Stolen Generations. Her statement in 'Contemporary Australia: Women', 'I forgive you', is also a way for Cole to reconcile incidents from her past — abuse, neglect and racial ignorance — allowing her to move into the future. As she notes:

I had to go through a process of healing and a huge part of that healing was around forgiveness ... As I forgave I was able to take my power back.

Cole offers this as a possible answer to the problems faced by Aboriginal communities similarly afflicted by violent and abusive histories. She says: 'I think the path is through forgiveness and allowing ourselves to be healed.' Emu feathers are used in the work like a cloak, protecting the vulnerability and raw emotion of the statement, while also softening the almost confrontational nature of the large-scale text.

'Contemporary Australia: Women' includes more than 70 works in painting, sculpture, photography, installation, textiles, video, and performance. The exhibition will explore key themes such as 'performing' femininity; the place of personal and intimate spheres such as sexuality, the body, motherhood and ageing; the return to everyday materials; and the ways some artists are 'redressing the canon' of painting.

21 April -- 22 July 2012 | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Free admission
For more details visit http://qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/...

Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

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