B. 1981, Australia
Tony Albert investigates contemporary legacies of colonialism, prompting audiences to contemplate the human condition. Albert’s technique and imagery displace traditional Australian Aboriginal aesthetics with an urban conceptuality. Appropriating textual references from sources as diverse as popular music, film, fiction, and art history, Albert plays with the tension arising from the visibility, and in-turn, the invisibility of Aboriginal People across the news media, literature, and the visual world. Albert is the first Indigenous Trustee for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He is strongly represented in national collections including National Gallery of Australia; the Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art.
"Duty of care is a social contract. An obligation of individuals to ensure the safety of others. In a country of multiple languages and cultures, such as Australia, duty of care is also an act of reconciliation."
You Wreck Me #56, 2020
printed photographs and vintage Captain Cook ephemera on archival paper sheet
29cm x 38.5cm