Marking Time: Indigenous Art from NGV

Marking Time: Indigenous Art from NGVMarking Time: Indigenous Art from NGV

Free entry
NGV Australia, Federation Square
Level 3, Indigenous Art

17 Aug 19 - 9 Aug 20
Open 10am-5pm daily


This exhibition explores drawings and markings of figures, signs or text made on public surfaces across Indigenous Australia, from rock face to now. The impulse to draw and make images is deeply embedded in Indigenous cultures throughout the world and is fundamental to the human experience.

In Indigenous Australia, permanent and impermanent ochre drawings and incised markings occupy the surfaces of rock faces, ground and body. This exhibition shows that this ephemerality can be counteracted by the inventions of Indigenous artists who reimagine a recovered and regenerated visual language and thus present new forms of aesthetic durability.

For instance, ochre images that stain the rock escarpment of Western Arnhem Land have been re-imagined on bark or in sculpture. Artists of the Western Desert transfer designs from the ceremonial ground and body to the wider world of circulating images on gallery walls.

Reko Rennie and Brook Andrew translate incisions on carved trees or shields into bold neon icons, whereas Josh Muir and Hannah Brontë use video art to communicate voices of dissent, create dialogue between groups and to effect change.
Drawings made on public surfaces can communicate a voice of dissent as well as affirmation. An unbroken visual phenomenon, such communication of Indigenous presence and primacy attests to the continued relevance and power of Indigenous expression within the art canon of this nation and beyond.

Virtual Exhibition

The NGV galleries are currently closed due to government shutdowns, however, you can explore Marking Time extensively online. The gallery has released a virtual tour of the exhibition as well as a video series featuring senior curator of Indigenous Art, Judith Ryan, explaining the exhibition.

Virtual Tour

❊ When & Where ❊

Date/s: Saturday 17th August 2019 - Sunday 9th August 2020

Times: 10am-5pm

❊ Venue ❊

 The Ian Potter Centre | NGV Australia  Events 8 Events
⊜ Corner Flinders Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne | Map
The Ian Potter Centre | NGV AustraliaCorner Flinders Street and Swanston Street,, Melbourne, , 3000
✆ Event: 03 8620 2222 | Venue: +61 3 8620 2222

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❊ COVID-19 Notice ❊

As the state takes action to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this event may be affected. Please confirm details before making plans | Disclaimer

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