TextaQueen has developed an enviable reputation for her compelling portraits that explore gender, race and identity through the medium of fibre-tipped pens.
Bringing together work created over a 15 year period, this survey exhibition reflects on how visual and popular culture inform personal identity via re-interpretations of the salon nude, re-creations of cultural and historical identities undressed in the Australian landscape, critiques of colonial histories in apocalyptic movie poster portraits and in recent work articulating the evolution of TextaQueen’s own identity as an Australian-born Goan Indian.
This exhibition features 28 fibre-tipped marker works alongside a new body of landscape and self-portrait photographs.
A Mornington Peninsula Travelling Exhibition
Image: TextaQueen, Reunion, fibre-tipped markers and coloured pencil on Stonehenge cotton paper. MPRG Collection, purchased 2014.
Colonial Afterlives considers a range of contemporary responses to British colonisation from indigenous and diasporic artists living in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Britain and Canada. It incorporates a diversity of views ranging from melancholic eulogies to passionate and sometimes scathing commentaries on the complex legacies of British occupation.
Several of the artists explore multiple identities through performance and photography, including Fiona Foley (Australia), Christian Thompson (Australia), Charles Campbell (Jamaica), Kent Monkman (Canada), and Ewan Atkinson (Barbados). Others are keenly attuned to the nuances and contemporary resonance of the colonial archive—Julie Gough (Australia), Daniel Boyd (Australia) and Lisa Reihana (New Zealand)—while Yvonne Rees—Pagh (Tasmania) examines some of the deep wounds of ‘empire’, as manifested in racist stereotyping and modern forms of frontier violence. While the artists are all finely attuned to the histories and politics of their own region, the exhibition will reveal profound and sometimes surprising confluences. Ultimately, it will raise larger questions around the nature of post—colonial identity in an increasingly globalised and globalising world.
Curted by Dr Sarah Thomas
A Salamanca Arts Centre Touring Exhibition
Image: Joan Ross, The claiming of things, 2012 (detail), digital animation, 7 min 20 sec.