Sovereignty

Sat 17th December – Sun 26th March
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
111 Sturt Street, Southbank

Sovereignty, an exhibition showcasing Indigenous art, will be on until March at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Re-asserting Indigenous culture and questioning the idea of sovereignty, artists and community members have collaborated to create ACCA’s new show, focusing on contemporary art by Indigenous people from across Australia’s south-east.

Artistically, there’s a mix of media and influences. Some artists renew longstanding cultural practices, celebrating their heritage. Others more consciously engage with – and subvert – contemporary Australian society, looking for hints of their own identity in a whitewashed culture.

There are film works scattered throughout, including Bastardy, Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s documentary about the troubled life of actor Jack Charles; Black Fire, a fascinating documentary about the black-power movement at Monash University made in 1972 by Bruce McGuinness; and two incendiary music videos from rapper Briggs.

Sovereignty runs at ACCA until March 26. Free admission.

accaonline.org.au