Standing still; looking back, looking forward
standing still; looking back, looking forward is a celebration of First Nations identities today, yesterday and tomorrow. Featuring new works by Dean Cross, Brad Darkson, Ashley Perry and Katie West, and collaborative work by Amala Groom & Nicole Monks, the exhibition acts as a testimony to the non-prescription of the Aboriginal experience – presenting a collection of works that together, explore the complexities of navigating culture, expectation and sovereign knowledges.
Through contemporary investigations of memory, lived experience and sovereign knowledge, and the artists own unique experiences, the exhibition highlights the importance of knowledge transfer and the social responsibility that comes with it - charting an urban reality across and between the multiple in culture, place/s and space/s to reveal wide-ranging perspectives and experiences of Aboriginality that intersect both time and tradition, change and adaption.
Standing still, we are a culmination of light in the present. Looking back, an embodiment of the past, of memory, of place, of those who have come before us – while simultaneously looking forward, echoing what is behind, reflecting what will be.
standing still; looking back, looking forward conjures ideas of temporality, the unravelling of the spaces in between and highlights the relationships of all things. Together, the interconnected expressions bring forth non-linear concepts of time that are both cyclic and circular, and reliant on dynamic encounters where the past, present and future meet.
In this context, the exhibition is a timely reminder to exist in the present and to just be; underscoring one simple truth, that everyone’s journey whilst related, is in fact unique.
The exhibition presents representations of belonging and affirms Aboriginality as a living breathing entity; opened up to process through methods that meld the old, the now and the new – articulating experience in ways that provoke deeper knowledges and understandings of the diaspora of Aboriginality.
Each artist has created interdisciplinary works that actively ‘break-through’ the internal and external pressures and expectations that assume the production of ‘traditional-looking’ or identifiably Aboriginal art works. The artists are themselves Aboriginal and therefore the art that the artists produce is also Aboriginal art. The artist’s connection to their cultures is manifested as an embodiment within, reflected across their creative expression, distinct to and in critique of the image obsessed notions that permeate across western societies.
We are what is, what was, and what will be – an embodiment of future, present and past – we are looking back, we are looking forward and we are grounded in the now.
 standing still: what is; looking back: what was; looking forward: what will be.