Gordon Hookey

Detail from the unfinished mural Victory, Solidarity, Peace and Freedom, 2016

 

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Detail from the unfinished mural Victory, Solidarity, Peace and Freedom, 2016

Oil on canvas, 300 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery.

Gordon Hookey is a Waanyi Aboriginal artist from Australia. His work in oil on canvas paints at the intersection of cultural references, often producing rebellious images that parody public politics and the hypocrisies of colonialism.

 

At present Hookey is undertaking a large scale project titled, MURRILAND! which unfolds across a series of 10m-long canvasses that tell the story of the Australian state of Queensland from a blakfella, or Aboriginal perspective. The work is inspired by the 102 paintings of Tshibumba Kanda Matulu’s History of Zaire (1974-75).

 

For the Jerusalem Show VIII Hookey has spent time in the Shu’fat refugee camp, where an 11m long mural was planned to take place. Unfortunately this has not been possible, but Hookey nonetheless paints one scene from the mural Victory, Solidarity, Peace and Freedom in which the Palestinian football team kick an extraordinary and game-winning goal.

Commissioned by Al-Ma’mal Foundation & Frontier Imaginaries, produced with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.

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