Culture Warriors: Australian Indigenous Art Triennial
Culture Warriors was conceived in 2000 as a essential addition to the existing cultural landscape of existing biennials and triennials operating in Australia. It's genesis for the curator dated back to 1997 when Croft, with colleague Hetti Perkins, co-curated 'fluent', Australia's representation at the 47th Venice Biennale. The growth of the contemporary Indigenous visual arts/cultural field was not receiving enough curatorial and critical assessment, thus the desire to establish a major cultural events. Culture Warriors presented work created since 2004 by 30 of the country's most innovative contemporary Indigenous artists. It was also inspired by the curator's attendance and participation in ‘Meeting, Not Colliding’, Vision, space, desire: global perspectives and cultural hybridity, organised by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as part of the Venice Symposium, Italy in 2005. The stated dogma that there are 'enough' biennials and triennials in the world purports to advocate that we have moved beyond a post-colonial construct, which is not the case.
Keywords: Culture Warriors: Whose Culture, Whose War?
Brenda Louise Croft
Lecturer: Indigenous Art/Indigenous Studies/Art, South Australian School of Art (SASA) & David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER) Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia