Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) artist Julie Dowling explores the theme of the slavery of First Nations peoples both in past centuries and in current Australian society.
This is a unique opportunity for the regions to present a solo exhibition featuring a significant Western Australian artist. A series of highly decorated figurative artworks are included that draw in and engage the viewer. Upon closer inspection, there is a strong political trajectory challenging the myth that First Nations peoples were/are lazy and a drain on society. The beauty presented in the works becomes a metaphor for the resilience and wisdom of First Nations peoples to overcome the narrow narrative that has sanitised colonisation.