Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant
7 January — 11 March 2017
Presented in association with the Sydney Festival, this exhibition by internationally renowned Australian artist Vernon Ah Kee is a thought-provoking portrait of black/white political issues, attitudes and ideologies. Through masterful drawings of his forebears to text-based installations and paintings, Ah Kee delivers provocative investigation of contemporary Australian culture.
The project marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and included them in the census. 2017 also marks Ah Kee’s 50th birthday. When he was born in far north Queensland he was not counted as a citizen.
Image: Vernon Ah Kee, George Sibley (detail) 2008, acrylic, charcoal and crayon on canvas, 180 x 240 cm. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane