PICA partners with Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA.
A landmark exhibition of Western Australian Aboriginal art acknowledging and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, When the Sky Fell runs from 2 July – 20 August at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Curated by established visual arts curator, Clothilde Bullen, and featuring a diverse range of media by artists with distinctive and distinguished practices, When the Sky Fell weaves together a range of responses and narrative threads about the historical and ongoing impact of the 1967 Referendum.
In speaking of this central theme Bullen says, “in modern Australian history, the 1967 Referendum was considered a watershed moment – in the eyes of white Australians – for Indigenous Australians across the country. But I wondered whether this moment, and the anniversary celebrations, could be unpacked and interrogated to discover whether the impact and consequences were as clear cut and positive as they have been framed to be.”
“PICA is committed to providing both a platform for the voices and concerns of Aboriginal Australians as well as new ways for us to consider our social and political histories,” says Director Amy Barrett-Lennard.
“This exhibition and its associated public programs do just that and we are thrilled to be working, for the first time, with the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA and with leading Indigenous Art Curator Clothilde Bullen in the creation and presentation of this landmark exhibition.”
Launching on Saturday 1 July at PICA’s major donor event, the PICA Salon Vernissage, When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum brings together a range of artists who continue to lay claim to country and document the history of those places significantly affected by the 1967 Referendum decision.