Viewpoints

State Library of Queensland

Viewpoints: Contemporary Aboriginal Photography features the work of three contemporary Aboriginal photographers in contrast with stark historical images of First Nations people, at State Library of Queensland until February 13, 2022.

Viewpoints SLQ

The thought-provoking free exhibition explores the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities across Queensland from two very different perspectives as it celebrates new narratives and identity in contemporary photography.

Viewpoints SLQ

The contemporary photographs taken by Michael Aird, Jo-Anne Driessens and Naomi Hobson, are markedly different from the historical photos taken by non-Indigenous photographers that are held in cultural institutions around the world.

Michael Aird explains in his book Brisbane Blacks: "The camera is the tool of a dominant society; the powerful photographing the oppressed.”

Viewpoints SLQ

Sombre historical images of Aboriginal people are contrasted with contemporary photos of places and spaces, community leaders and identities, joyful children, pivotal events, and everyday moments.

Viewpoints SLQ

Curator Georgia Walsh said the contemporary photographs reflect a new approach to photography in Indigenous communities.

“These contemporary images give voice and agency to Aboriginal people,” she said.

“They show the diverse experiences and vitality of proud First Nations people through a respectful lens.” 

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Image Credits:
1-3. Photo by Josef Ruckli
4. Cyril Williams visiting his traditional country in the Beaudesert District, Queensland, 1992 Michael Aird. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Acc 30300
5. Daley’s Bike, 2019. Naomi Hobson

Viewpoints

State Library of Queensland

Stanley Place

South Brisbane

Until Feb 13, 2022

Daily 10am-5pm

Free

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