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Girramay/Yidinji/Kuku-Yalanji peoples

Townsville, Queensland, Australia born 1981

Brothers (New York Dreaming) 2015 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, pigment inkjet print with hand embellishment

Dimensions: 100.0 h x 66.0 w Framed 102.5 h x 99.5 w x 7.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2016
Accession No: NGA 2016.229
Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
  • Purchased 2016

Albert's wide-ranging practice tackles important discussions relevant to contemporary Australia; issues of neglected histories, identity, self-determination, hidden inequities and prejudiced assumptions about Aboriginality. Albert has used the target in a number of series, the first time following a police shooting in 2012 of two Aboriginal teenagers in Kings Cross, Sydney. At protests over the deaths, Albert observed young Indigenous men with targets emblazoned on their bare chests and was struck by the potency of this image: a powerful motif of defiance, alongside the implication of being socially stigmatised as 'other'. The decorative elements speak to the ambiguity and contested nature of Aboriginal identity—the way that it is on the one hand so attractive to, yet also resistant to, elements of mainstream culture.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra