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FINALIST: Museum of Brisbane for Robert Andrew: Our Mutable Histories
Museum of Brisbane engaged Robert Andrew, a Brisbane-based installation artist and descendant of the Yawuru people of the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, to create three new artworks for the exhibition, Our Mutable Histories. The exhibition explored Robert’s Australian Indigenous cultural heritage and his personal histories that had previously been hidden, distorted or denied.
The artworks included kinetic elements and new technology, and combined traditional materials such as red ochres and oxides with binary language and computer operated machines – using technology as a tool with which to speak. Our Mutable Histories was Robert Andrew’s most ambitious exhibition to date. It explored a central theme of erasure, which was defined through the physical process of scraping back or washing a surface to reveal and understand what ‘lies beneath’.
Across a five-month period, Museum of Brisbane welcomed more than 115,000 people to the exhibition, and visitors were able to hear from the artist in a series of talks about how his family history inspired the artworks created for the exhibition, and the complexities of identity and the varied and inconsistent nature of history.