In his exhibition INSTACULTURE, Aboriginal artist, A.Professor Wayne Quilliam, took viewers on a deep dive into some of the first words spoken on this continent, combined with breathtaking photographic images of our nation’s unforgettable landscape.
As part of NAIDOC Week 2019 (with its theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth.) INSTACULTURE was on display at Darling Quarter’s outdoor public art space OPEN from 1 July to 3 August. Former NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Wayne Quilliam, created a thought-provoking body of work for viewers of all ages.
The imagery Wayne chose was primarily landscapes featuring the earth, sky, fresh water and salt water, to highlight the exquisite textures found in nature as well as the six seasons of the Aboriginal culture.
Capturing them on digital camera and by drone, he created what he calls ‘traditional digital art’ – traditional Aboriginal storytelling merged with modern technology. Across all corners of this land, he found a deep connection to country and sees his unique art form as a way to alter the preconceived Western notions of Aboriginal art.
The 16 large-scale photographic images (each 2.4m x 2.4m) were displayed on four cubes, and were accompanied by decals placed on the ground containing three important elements designed to be read in conjunction with the artworks – a traditional word or phrase, its English translation, and the Aboriginal language it comes from.
Concurrently challenging, beautiful and educational, INSTACULTURE helped viewers reflect on the co-existence of nature and culture as a collaborative and evolving entity.
INSTACULTURE was curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery (an initiative of Wiltshire + Dimas Management) and presented by Darling Quarter.