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Fiona Foley: Veiled Paradise

Event December 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - March 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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Fiona Foley: Veiled Paradise 1
December 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am to March 18 @ 4:00 pm Free https://hbrg.ourfrasercoast.com.au/events/event/763/fiona-foley-veiled-paradise
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
166 Old Maryborough Rd
Pialba, Queensland 4655 Australia
07 4197 4206
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery 0741974206 regionalgallery@frasercoast.qld.gov.au https://hbrg.ourfrasercoast.com.au/events/event/763/fiona-foley-veiled-paradise


Veiled Paradise surveys three decades of Badtjala artist Dr. Fiona Foley’s practice. This leading contemporary Aboriginal artist’s work is informed by her ancestral connection to K’gari/Fraser Island, drawing equally upon its serene beauty and the history of systemic violence and sexual exploitation perpetrated on its shores.

Incorporating original research around the Government- regulated opium trade and of the connection between sex and violence on the frontier and beyond, the artist refutes colonisation’s attempts to erase her people and their histories. Tirelessly, through painting, photography, film, sculpture and printmaking, Foley gives voice to the dispossessed. Foley flips the lens of ethnography in the restaging of history and events in her artwork amplifying the voices and perspectives of Aboriginal people.

She is empowered by her matrilineal lineage, illuminating the exploitation of Aboriginal women and outing everyday racism and sexism. Spanning over thirty years, Foley’s practice—from the founding of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in Redfern in the mid-1980s, to now, Veiled Paradise sees some of Foley’s most iconic works and some of her less-seen works put into the spotlight. This is the first major survey of the artist’s practice initiated in Queensland, and curated by an Aboriginal researcher, writer and curator—Angelina Hurley.