BlakLight, A Month of First Nations art takes over AGWA

“Every Wall, Every Floor, Every Channel”: BlakLight Takes Over AGWA Celebrating First Nations Art

bySally Hall
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Launching on the 18th of March, AGWA will be putting First Nations art at the forefront for a month-long, gallery-wide takeover.

BlakLight will feature hundreds of First Nations artists throughout the entire gallery – showcasing their diverse and complex perspectives, as well as a variety of mediums and styles. From the striking photographic images from Michael Jalaru Torres, to a boldly colourful, abstract mural by emerging artist Tyrown Waigana, or the mammoth Tracks We Share; a collaborative exhibition that brings together over 70 artists from the Pilbara, with a particular focus on acrylic works that the region is known for. Balancing Act will also refocus attention on the formidable State Art Collection of First Nations works – including From our lip, mouths, throats and belly, (pictured below) by Badimia and Yued artist Amanda Bell.

BlakLight, A Month of First Nations art takes over AGWA

Photo by Rebecca Mansell

Alongside an exciting array of contemporary works, the exhibition also features a program of events, including music, talks and more – sparking conversations about community, identity and more of the issues affecting First Nations people. This program will also offer an opportunity to reexamine works by non-First Nations artists, including through Rooftop Rewrittenan event that invites six Aboriginal writers and curators to respond to the sculptures on the gallery’s rooftop.

To find out more about BlakLight, head to the AGWA website HERE.

Header image: Michael Jalaru Torres, Wirriya (happy) from the series Native, 2019.