Undiscovered was the first career survey of Australian artist, Michael Cook.
Over the last decade, Michael Cook has produced photo media works that interrogate the legacy of colonisation in Australia. From his reflections on the political leadership of Australia and his revisioning of colonial history; to his rethinking of assimilation and the great Australian dream, Cook has consistently made images that ask the viewer to reconsider Australia’s conflicted history and its impact on the political, social and personal of our present day.
The exhibition included over 70 works selected from the series’ Through my eyes (2009), Broken dreams (2010), Undiscovered (2010), Stickman (2011), The mission (2012), Civilised (2012), Majority rule (2014), Object (2015), Mother (2016), Invasion (2017), and Livin’ the dream (2020) and traced Cook’s unique practice over this time.
The exhibition relaunched USC Art Gallery after a period of closure for redevelopment.
Michael Cook 2010-2020 provides an overview of Cook's first decade of practice and features essays by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA, Megan Williams and an interview with Hamish Sawyer. Available for purchase from our online shop.
In Conversation: Michael Cook and Megan Williams
6.00pm Thursday 5 November 2020
Installation view of Michael Cook: Undiscovered at USC Art Gallery, 17 August to 7 November 2020. Photo: Carl Warner.