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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Ricky Maynard, Custodians, 2005– , silver gelatin resin-coated print, 70 x 100 cm. Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2010. © Courtesy the artist
This exhibition comprises 60 works by the Tasmanian photographer, Ricky Maynard, who resides on Flinders Island in Bass Strait.
Through his practice, Maynard documents, records and rewrites the history of Indigenous Australia by creating an alternative, collaborative record of Indigenous Australian people. He positions his work firmly within the tradition of the documentary photographer as social activist, and his subjects are always strongly connected to his own life as an Aboriginal person.
For Maynard, documentary photography is about truth and honesty in the pursuit of social justice. His photography is witness to history, and an exploration of the connection between place, story, and feeling. This survey was first presented in 2007 at the Australian Embassy in Paris, as part of the inaugural Photoquai Biennale organised by the Musée du Quai Branly.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.