13 February – 19 June 2021

Opening Celebration: Friday 26 February 6.00 – 9.00 pm

proppaNOW: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, and Laurie Nilsen

Guest curators: Amanda Hayman and Troy Casey (Blaklash Projects)

OCCURRENT AFFAIR is a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by Brisbane-based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW, who have had a five-year hiatus to focus on their individual careers. Established in 2003, proppaNOW is one of Australia’s leading cultural conspirators, exploring the politics of Aboriginal art and culture, and provoking, subverting and re-thinking what it means to be a ‘contemporary Aboriginal artist’. Conceived as a collaborative activist gesture, OCCURRENT AFFAIR will address current socio-political, economic and environmental issues, while celebrating the strength, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture.

Engaging wordplay through its title, OCCURRENT AFFAIR references the Australian TV show A Current Affair. Characterised by its sensational journalistic style, the program is known for presenting advertising as editorial content and its derogatory representations of certain low socio-economic and minority groups. OCCURRENT AFFAIR embraces the slippage between language and its associated readings to probe and present new narratives. The exhibition will reflect on the ongoing state of affairs affecting Aboriginal communities – issues that are relevant to all Australians.

Full program of events announced in 2020

Lewis James Media, 2019.

From left to right: Tony Albert, Laurie Nilsen, Megan Cope, Gordon Hookey, Jennifer Herd, Vernon Ah Kee, and Richard Bell.