Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 10, 2013

My Country, contemporary art from Black Australia

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ is Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art’s largest exhibition of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to date.

There are paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and moving images in the exhibition. I’ll start with some of the paintings, both traditional and modern.

There are lots of totems.

There interesting installations.


I particularly liked this one…sorry backwards filled with collected kitch.


This one is fun.


…a bit different.


There are baskets and woven items.

There are wonderful bark paintings.

…and much more.

The exhibition is free and it is on until 7th October 2013…don’t miss it.


  1. I love the way you have portrayed the wide diversity of Aboriginal Art to the world. I was particularly impressed with the bark paintings, as I have never seen them designed like that. Most of the ones I’ve seen are in tourist shops and not particularly inspiring; so, the ones at the Aboriginal Art exhibition have certainly shown what bark paintings can look like. My favourites are always the woven items. All in all, a marvellous array of Aboriginal Art at its best. Well done, Deb!

    • The bark paintings are beautiful. There is so much detail when you see them up close.

  2. The Gallery is something to be proud of! In fact, that whole South Bank precinct is brilliant.

    • It’s great isn’t it?? I am very lucky, I live within walking distance of the area.

  3. A great exhibition. Thank you for sharing it with us, Debra.

    • It is an excellent exhibition, I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

  4. Looks a very interesting curatorial style too….I like the way the animal figures are grouped. Thanks for reporting! 😉

    • The gallery always does a great job with the exhibitions.

  5. What a great exhibition. I really love the colourful ‘dot’ paintings.

    • I spent ages at the gallery looking at everything and will definitely go back for more.

  6. WOW! Fascinatyed me… Thank you dear Debra, Love, nia

    • I am pleased you liked the exhibition Nia.

  7. Art including (for some time) satirical, post-modern work on how whites have portrayed them. Now the PM has apologised to them as an entire people, with ‘the Turner always being coined’ in Art, let’s hope they the artists see the full benefits of these changes. Their talents, culture and sensibilities are finally getting greater visibility and comprehension. Great work from a people that have lived in the shadow of their own continent for far too long.

    • It is a fascinating exhibition.I will be back many times.

  8. thank you, Debra. I loved this art exhibition. Do you know you can click on an image once and it enlarges.? I saw those paintings up close!

    • It is a great feature isn’t it?

  9. I love this art! So creative and fresh! I love the totems and figures, especially. And by the way, HI! It’s been a while! Kind of fell off the blogging planet for a while, but now I’m back. I have missed having the time to peruse your blog as I like!

    • It is a wonderful exhibition.

  10. I love Aboriginal Art. I’ve seen some absolutely stunning pieces and I want to buy one for our place one day.

    • There is a wonderful variety to choose from.

  11. Oh waw! I am in love with this kind of art!
    When we were l living in Africa I wanted to purchase African art, so I bought two masks, the only one I liked among so many, and guess what? they turned out to be from Australia!
    Thanks for sharing Deb.

    • You would love this exhibition!

  12. Fabulous!

    • It is a wonderful exhibition.

  13. I love Aboriginal art! Wish I could see this exhibit!

    • I wish you could come to see it too.

  14. Looks like a fantastic show, Debra. I loved the way you organized the different collections – fascinating. I especially liked the bark paintings. Thank you for sharing yet another fabulous art experience from Australia.

    • I liked the bark paintings too. There is a whole room full of them.

  15. Great post, Debra! This exhibit looks vibrant and comprehensive. I love Aboriginal art — especially the more political pieces. In Adelaide, I visited Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Centre several times. While the exhibits are smaller in scale, they are always moving and provocative.

  16. You know, Debra. I really am always visualizing you zooming in and out the heck out of your camera. Hehehe 😛 And also, you walking around see which spot works the most. YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF DETAILS.
    Love the slippers and the phone. 😉

    • Debra, the goddess of details. That sounds better. Ahihihi 🙂
      Have a nice weekend!

    • In this case I was hovering a lot, waiting for other people to be out of the photos. The gallery was actually quite busy the day I was there.

  17. A shame I can’t get up to see it before it closes. Looks fantastic Deb. And beautifully photographed! Well done. MLT

  18. What shocked me when I moved to North America, was that unlike the art galleries of Auz, they aren’t free. Every time I visit Melbourne or Brisbane, I have to go to the art gallery; wouldn’t do that if I had to pay the kind of prices they ask here.

    • I think our gallery in Brisbane is fabulous. We have great exhibitions, some are free and some you pay for, but not too much. I go often to GoMA as it is close to home and always interesting.

      • Brisbane was once my home town so know the gallery well and loved it too

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