For Country, For Nation
For Country, for Nation reflects the experience of war from the perspective of First Nations Australians.
Curated by Amanda Jane Reynolds for the Australian War Memorial, For Country, for Nation brings to light the long-standing tradition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in fighting for Country to reveal stories of service in the military and on the front lines of war. Themes of remembrance and tradition are explored through family histories, objects, art and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warriors’ discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.
For Country, for Nation features contemporary responses to conflict by artists such as Tony Albert, Yhonnie Scarce, Megan Cope, Gordon Bennett, Brian Robinson and Shirley Macnamara.
An Australian War Memorial Touring exhibition, presented by the Samstag Museum of Art alongside Reality in flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War. The tour of For Country, for Nation has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and International Art Services Australia.