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Country in Mind

This exhibition explored the continuum among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who make work about Country.

Country in Mind

7 May—31 July 2021
University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery
Curated by Christopher Bassi

This exhibition was part of Connecting Stories, an initiative of Creative Arts Alliance as part of the Regional Arts Services Network presented in partnership with Blaklash Creative and the SEQN Regional Gallery Network.

Exhibition Lender
The De Deyne Family

The art of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a modern vibrant expression of many Indigenous nations. Representation of Country is full of associative information connecting the past, present and future which always begins with Country in mind.

Working primarily with the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, this exhibition focused on work from the central desert, the Kimberley to the northwest, Arnhem Land and the offshore islands in the far north to explore the continuum among communities who make work about Country while also delving into the idiosyncrasies of individual artistic expression.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this exhibition may contain images, names, and voices of people who are deceased.

Nyuju Stumpy Brown, John Bulunbulun, Lydia Burak, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Timothy Cook, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Birrmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Susan Marawarr, Laurie Marburduk, John Mawurndjul, Horace Munmilli, Ivan Namirrkki, Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, Mitjili Napurrula, Phyllis Ningarmara, Naata Nungurrayi, Lena Nyadbi, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre, George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi, Thuganmu Arnold Watt, Terry Ngamandara Wilson and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

Christopher Bassi is an Australian artist and curator of Meriam, Yupangathi (Torres Strait and Cape York) and British descent. Bassi’s practice is informed by ongoing concerns with intersections of place, belonging and the entangling of racial and cultural identities.

Curator Talk
12.00pm Friday 12 May 2021
Christopher Bassi

Opening Event
3.00pm Saturday 22 May 2021

The Reading Group: The Yield by Tara June Winch
4.00pm Thursday 29 July 2021
The Reading Group provides a platform for critical thinking and discussion around the ideas presented in our exhibitions. For Country in Mind we read The Yield by Tara June Winch.

Special Event: Talking Country in Mind
2.00pm Saturday 24 July 2021
Christopher Bassi, Troy Casey, BJ Murphy and Libby Harward discussed what Country means to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Installation view of Country in Mind at University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, 7 May to 31 July 2021. Photo: Carl Warner.