Culture Warriors: Australian Indigenous Art Triennial

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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?
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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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
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Brenda L Croft was born in Perth, Western Australia and lives works in Adelaide, South Australia. She is a member of the Gurindji/Mutpurra nations from Kalkaringi/Daguragu community in the Northern Territory, and is a lecturer at the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER), and the South Australian School of Art, Architecture and Design, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia. From 2002 - 2009 Croft was the senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, and curated the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial, Culture Warriors, which tours to Washington, USA in 2009. A practising artist since 1985, her works are held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. She has curated and co-curated significant national exhibitions since the early 1990s and been involved in the arts and cultural industry for over 2 decades as an arts administrator, curator, writer, lecturer and consultant, receiving a number of important national and international awards, residencies and commissions. In 2001 Croft was presented with an Alumni Award from the University of New South Wales. In April 2009 Croft will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts from the University of Sydney.

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