Atong Atem: Banksia

As part of the Hometown series, recognising the practices of artists with connection to the Central Coast, Gosford Regional Gallery presents Atong Atem’s Banksia. Atong was raised on the Central Coast and now lives in Naarm/Melbourne.

Banksia explores the lesser-known history of Australia’s first African settlers and considers migrant stories from a non-colonial perspective. The video and photographic series work in conjunction to reveal otherwise obscured layers of history on a cinematic scale.

The works highlight the experience of African men and women who arrived on the First Fleet in 1788 — a colonial history that started long before Atem’s own family arrived from South Sudan in 1997. In fostering a deeper understanding of the experiences of Australia’s first African migrants, Atem interrogates the shaping of national policy, through the centuries, which has directly influenced who is determined to be Australian and non-Australian.

Opening event: Saturday 24 February, 2pm.

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24 February—14 April

Gosford Regional Gallery

36 Webb Street East Gosford NSW 2250