(in)visible: the First Peoples and War

27 March - 24 May

War is a complex, difficult and emotional subject. This exhibition project considered war from the perspective of Aboriginal men and women: from the frontier violence that informs ongoing conflict and contemporary culture, to the ramifications of more recent world wars. It reflected on military service, the Anzac story and the post-war experience. Aboriginal soldiers endured a great deal of inequality, particularly when rewards were being distributed to returned servicemen in recognition for fighting for their country. Through the work of contemporary emerging, mid-career and established Aboriginal artists, and an interactive community project, this exhibition recognised and responded to some confronting truths.


  • Tony Albert
  • Julie Gough
  • Amala Groom
  • Anna Liebzeit
  • Archie Moore
  • Judy Watson
  • Jason Wing
  • with Babana bullets by Vernon Ah Kee, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Alair Pembegan, Judy Watson

A gallery project curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Meryl Ryan in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group.

[image, detail] Tony Albert Brother (Our Future) 2013, pigment print on paper, 150 x 100cm, Corrigan Collection © the artist

Julie Gough's '(In) Case of Emergency' 2011