Acclaimed Girramay/Kuka Yalanji artist Tony Albert will present a solo exhibition, Confessions, which includes his first performance work, at Contemporary Art Tasmania for Dark Mofo 2019.
Confessions will be an exhibition installation of past iconic works alongside new works, including a confession-style booth where Albert will have a one-on-one, non-verbal exchange with visitors to the gallery. The unique experience between artist and visitor will result in an artwork made in collaboration.
Confessions explores the artist’s experience of growing up within the Catholic Church and living with the contemporary legacies of colonialism.
Tony Albert draws on both personal and collective histories to explore the ways in which optimism might be utilised to overcome adversity and colonial legacies. His practice is concerned with identity and the ascribing of social labels; unpacking what it means to judge and be judged in the absence of recognition or understanding. Albert’s technique and imagery are distinctly contemporary, displacing traditional Australian Aboriginal aesthetics with a kind of urban conceptuality.
Albert has exhibited his work at international institutions including the Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France; the Singapore Art Museum; the National Museum of China, Beijing; and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. He is represented in major national collections including the National Gallery of Australia; the Australian War Memorial, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Brisbane’s Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art.