EAST COAST ENCOUNTER

Image: Michael Cook Undiscovered #4 2010, inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, ed. 3/8 124.0 x 100.0 cm. Courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer & Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects

East Coast Encounter includes the work of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and writers to re-envisage the encounter by James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770. Cook’s 1770 voyage has become central to narratives of Australian history and precipitated European colonisation of the country. Consequently there are aspects of this seminal journey that continue to resonate powerfully today. Instead of conveying a literal history or a primarily Eurocentric world view, East Coast Encounter imaginatively presents this shared story from diverse perspectives. It also brings historical events into the present by incorporating contributors’ reflections on their relevance today. By enabling this significant encounter to be expressed in multiple ways and from varied points of view, East Coast Encounter seeks to promote cultural dialogue and reconciliatory understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

In some Indigenous communities it is customary not to mention the name of the deceased. Any such mentions in this exhibition are with permission.

A percentage from the sale of the catalogue will be directed to the Indigenous education projects of the Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth.

To Open  Nature’s Powerhouse, Cooktown  11 June 2016 - 19 September 2016

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