Squatters and Savages

Thursday August 16 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Blak Dot Gallery33 Saxon St, Brunswick
SQUATTERS AND SAVAGES is a joint exhibition with artist Peter Waples-Crowe and Megan Evans.

Peter is a Ngarigo man whose work reflects on the representation of Aboriginal people in popular culture.

Megan Evans is of Scottish, Irish Welsh heritage, born on Wurundjerri land. Her work examines the role of her ancestors in the brutal history of this country.

Peter was invited to produce a body of work in response to the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s extensive ollection of colonial prints. Peter invited Artist Megan Evans to join him in this exhibition to provide a non-Aboriginal perspective.

The work produced takes a contemporary view of colonial occupation from either side of the frontier, influenced by the gross stereotyped images produced by the colonial mind that consist of the biggest collection of colonial prints in Australia.

Peter’s ancestors belonged to the land near where Megan’s Great Grandfather Patrick John Kelly first occupied land as a coloniser in 1872.

The concept of collapsed histories is the context that defines the work, enabling the artists to draw a direct lineage from the colonial era to contemporary times, to better understand the stereotypes created by the European gaze.