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John Curtin Gallery presents Mia Kurrum Maun (Far from Home) by Sandra Hill

Media release

The John Curtin Gallery and the 2020 Perth Festival will present Mia Kurrum Maun (Far from Home), a powerful exhibition by acclaimed Bibbulmun artist Sandra Hill which includes new work created especially for the Festival.

Sandra Hill, Thin Veneer, 2015, oil on board, 119 cm x 119cm. Image courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries.

Sandra Hill’s work examines the spectre of Aboriginal cultural annihilation through her own lived experience as a Bibbulmun woman of the Stolen Generations.

Mia Kurrum Maun (Far from Home), reveals the far-reaching and profound impact that government policies and widespread racial discrimination have had upon generations of Aboriginal women. Hill, who lives and works in the South West of Western Australia, uses a diverse range of media including painting, printmaking, installation, mixed-media collage and natural resins in her studio practice.

A proud Wadandi/Pibelmun woman, Sandra Hill is fiercely passionate about her culture and about Indigenous art of the South West. She has worked tirelessly within the community for over 26 years, visually telling the stories of the injustices suffered by her people in the very recent past. Through her art practice and cultural work, Hill is an effective and respected Elder and mentor. She continues to work at preserving and promoting not only the ongoing strength and resilience of her people but also, the revival and survival into the future, of the Bibbulmun culture of the South West.

John Curtin Gallery Director and exhibition curator Chris Malcolm says this is a unique opportunity to view so many of Sandra Hill’s important works revealing her lived experiences as a Bibbulmun woman of the Stolen Generations which have been brought together to present a compelling vision of traumatic recent history that has remained largely invisible.

The exhibition sits alongside Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008 – 2020, the first ever large-scale survey of work by Western Australian artist Ian Strange that features full suites of his most iconic photographic work and three rarely seen films that collectively explore the enigma of the suburban.

“The John Curtin Gallery will contrast two radically different views of the suburban, as both artists explore their own feelings and experiences, and traditional concepts of home, place and belonging,” Mr Malcolm said.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive public program.


Mia Kurrum Maun (Far from Home)

7 February – 24 April 2020

A Perth Festival event

Public Program: There will be a public program in support of each exhibition. Details will be posted on the John Curtin Gallery website and the Gallery’s Facebook page.

JOHN CURTIN GALLERY Curtin University, Building 200A, Kent St, Bentley Western Australia
OPEN Mon-Fri 11am-5pm | Saturday 8, 15, 22 & 29  February 12-4pm | Sunday 12-4pm
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