Flashback Friday: 7th Biennale of Sydney, Aboriginal Memorial

Posted on 01 November 2013 in Flashback Friday, News
Ramingining Artist Community, The Aboriginal Memorial (200 Hollow Log Bone Coffins), 1987–88

The 7th Biennale of Sydney debuted the seminal artwork Aboriginal Memorial at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay. Comprised of 200 hollow log coffins from Central Arnhem Land, each log represented a year of white occupation in Australia and the Indigenous Australians who died defending their land. 43 artists from the Ramingining and surrounding communities in Central Arnhem Land created the poles with the intention for the piece to be displayed in a public place for future generations. Critically acclaimed exhibitions in Germany and Russia, Aboriginal Memorial is now permanently on display at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Also presented at Pier 2/3 were the controversial blood paintings by Hermann Nitsch and Arnulf Rainer’s crucified teddy bear which provoked outrage among the local teddy bear societies. Touring to Melbourne for the first time, the Biennale showcased the works of 109 artists from 15 countries.

Images from 7th Biennale of Sydney (1988)

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