GOMA - MY Country, I Still Call Australia Home

On Friday Jo and I had the opportunity to cruise down to Brisbane for the day. We found a groovy little Moroccan cafe in East Stanley Street Brisbane called Hamimi (http://www.hamimi.com.au) and filled up on Moroccan mint tea which brought a flavour memory back home from our Marrakech experience last year.

As usual we did a call in on West End to see what was new and there was a pretty good buzz happening. New retail, new cafes, including African and Middle Eastern, all encased in warm, winter sunshine. A bonus was being able to meet up with my son Cameron in between his lectures at SAE (http://brisbane.sae.edu/en-gb/home/) and enjoy a lunch Lebanese style at King Ahiram.

The afternoon was filled in with style, looking at a contemporary Indigenous art exhibition at GOMA. Real stories, stories not always a part of the history that we hear in schools, uniquely depicted by Aboriginal artists. 

In the evening we came back to GOMA for an Aboriginal short film festival. Great  stories that highlighted the seriousness of racism but also the natural humour of Aboriginal people.

Until September, GOMA is providing free Indigenous cinema from Australia and around the world. Something is screening most Friday and Saturday evenings. After the movies Jo and I walked back to West End. The night was alive with food and music. Our day was finished off at this little Indian place we have been going to for ten years. 

So if your looking for a fun day out you could do a lot worse then spending a few hours wandering the streets between the bend in the Brisbane River better known as South Brisbane and west End.


My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia

Sally Gabori/Bentinck Island painters
Birmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Kaiadilt people, Australia b. 1942 | Sally Gabori, Kaiadilt people, Australia, b c.1924 | Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas, Kaiadilt people, Australia b. 1946 | Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May Moodoonuthi, Kaiadilt people, Australia 1929 - 2008 | Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul, Kaiadilt people, Australia, b c.1937 | Wirrngajingathi Bijarrb Dawn Naranatjil, Kaiadilt people, Australia, 1935 - 2009 | Rayarriwarrtharrbayingat Amy Loogatha, Kaiadilt people, Australia, b. 1942 | Makarrki - King Alfred's Country 2008 | Synthetic polymer paint on linen | Purchased 2009 with funds from Professor John Hay, AC, and Mrs Barbara Hay through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Warwick Thornton
Warwick Thornton, Kaytej people, Australia | Stranded 2011 | 3D digital video: 11:06 minutes, colour, sound, 16:9 widescreen | Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Image courtesy: Stills Gallery, Sydney

1 June – 7 October 2013 | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Free admission

Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays
‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ is the Gallery’s largest exhibition of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to date. The exhibition examines the strengths of the Gallery’s holdings and explores three central themes — presenting Indigenous views of history (My history), responding to contemporary politics and experiences (My life), and illustrating connections to place (My country).
From paintings and sculptures about ancestral epicentres to photographs and moving-image works that interrogate and challenge the established history of Australia, to installations responding to political and social situations affecting all Australians, the thread that binds these artists is their collective desire to share their experiences and tell their stories.
Travel packagesIf you’re travelling to Brisbane to see ‘My Country’, take advantage of the flight and accommodation packages available through Virgin Australia

My Life As I Live It: First Peoples and Black Cinema 

1 June – 1 September 2013 | Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Free admission

Presented in conjunction with ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home’.
The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque presents a survey of first peoples and black cinema from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and United Kingdom. At the centre of this program is a history of Indigenous Australian cinema shown alongside works that resonate internationally addressing themes of identity, culture and rights. The program takes its title from Essie Coffey’s landmark documentary about contemporary Aboriginal experience. Coffey made some of the first documentaries to be directed by an Indigenous Australian about Indigenous experience. Her works are representative of the way indigenous and black filmmakers have used film and video since the late 1970s for self-representation and self-empowerment. The program celebrates these path-breaking films and filmmakers and also offers an opportunity to discover important new voices internationally.
Featuring shorts, feature films and documentaries, the program includes films by Beck Cole (Warramungu/Luritja, Australia), Darlene Johnson (Dunghutti, Australia), Rachel Perkins (Arrernte/Kalkadoon, Australia), Ivan Sen (Kamilaroi, Australia), Warwick Thornton (Katej, Australia), Barry Barclay (Ngāti Apa, New Zealand), Merata Mita (Ngāti Pikiao/Ngāi Te Rangi, New Zealand), Taika Waititi (Te-Whānau-ā-Apanui, New Zealand), Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit, Nunavik Canada), Shane Belcourt (Métis, Canada), Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki, Canada), Yves Sioui Durand (Huron-Wendat, Canada), Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho, United States), Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek, United States), Charles Burnett (United States), Spike Lee (United States), Marlon Riggs (United States), John Akomfrah (United Kingdom), and  Isaac Julien (United Kingdom).

Gordon Hookey Kangaroo Crew

1 June 2013 – 27 January 2014 | Children’s Art Centre ǀ Park Level ǀ GOMA
Free admission
The Children’s Art Centre presents ‘Kangaroo Crew’, an interactive artist project created especially for children and families by Indigenous Australian artist Gordon Hookey, from the Waanyi people. Children are able to engage with the project through hands-on and multimedia interactives, and a story book published by the Children’s Art Centre, illustrated with more than 20 paintings by the artist. Read more


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Queensland Government
This project has received financial assistance
from the Queensland Government through Arts
Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts program


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