OCCURRENT AFFAIR | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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24 February—4 May 2024

A UQ Art Museum exhibition touring with Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

Gordon Hookey, Jennifer Herd, Tony Albert, Megan Cope, Richard Bell and Vernon Ah Kee (left to right). Photo: Rhett Hammerton.

OCCURRENT AFFAIR is a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by Brisbane-established Aboriginal artist collective, proppaNOW.

Established in 2003, proppaNOW is one of Australia’s leading cultural collectives, exploring the politics of Aboriginal art and culture, and provoking, subverting and re-thinking what it means to be a ‘contemporary Aboriginal artist’.

Conceived as a collaborative activist gesture, OCCURRENT AFFAIR will address current socio-political, economic and environmental issues, while celebrating the strength, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture.

Engaging wordplay through its title, OCCURRENT AFFAIR references the sensational journalistic style of some television current affair programs. OCCURRENT AFFAIR embraces the slippage between language and its associated readings to probe and present new narratives. The exhibition will reflect on the ongoing state of affairs affecting Aboriginal communities—issues that are relevant to all Australians.

Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey and Laurie Nilsen.

First Nations visitors to this site are advised that the following may contain images, names, and voices of people who have deceased. Permission has been granted from the family for all images and artwork to be shown here and in the exhibition.

Opening event

2–5pm, Saturday 24 February 2024

The program includes a Welcome to Country, Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee and Gordon Hookey in conversation with Aunty Helena Gulash, activation of Richard Bell’s Embassy, exhibition viewing and delicious food and drink. All welcome.

Closing event

11–1pm, Saturday 4 May 2024

Join local laundros Libby Harward (Quandamooka) and Dom Chen (Gamilaroi) for a Blak Laundry takeover of Richard Bell’s Embassy. All welcome.