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Kait James, Annus horribilis

KAIT JAMES: HANG US OUT TO DRY

The works of Wadawurrung visual artist Kait James ask questions relating to identity, perception and knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous communities. James uses Aboriginal-themed calendar tea towels from the 1970s and 1980s that generalise and stereotype Indigenous culture and using embroidery subverts them with pop cultural references and Indigenous issues to reflect contemporary perspective.

The textile works, executed with humour and employing vivid colours, address the way white western culture has dominated Australia’s history, how Australia and the world perceives our First Nations’ People and James’ personal reflections on her Indigenous heritage.

Image: Kait James, Annus horribilis, 2020. vintage tea towel, cotton. © Kait James

EXHIBITION DATES
& OPENING HOURS

22 May–1 August 2021
Open 10 am–5 pm daily

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Kait James in conversation with Julie McLaren
Saturday 29 May, 2.15 pm

With Gallery Curator Julie McLaren, James will discuss her exhibition Hang us out to dry as an expression of her identity and the political nature of her work.

Free but registration essential.

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