Peta Clancy Undercurrent, installation view Koorie Heritage Trust Gallery 2019 Photo credit: Christian Capurro

In The Agency of Country Brian and Peta will discuss depictions of country from indigenous perspectives. They will consider their individual artistic approaches to exploring country, the ways they construct or disrupt views of country to challenge Western values of ‘landscape’ and the significance of the specific country they each depict.

Dr Brian Martin is a descendant of the Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. He is represented by William Mora Galleries and has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years, exhibiting both nationally and internationally specifically in the media of painting and drawing. He completed his PhD by research at Deakin University, which focused on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”. Brian is the MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture) inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous.

Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang people. Her photographs explore notions of the real and the perceived, and seek to challenge the viewer to focus on what might never have been noticed. She was awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Residency Grant. During this 12-month residency, she collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to research, develop and create a series of photographs exploring frontier violence and massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Peta is a Senior lecturer at MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture).

Wednesday 10 April 2019

6:00pm – 7:00pm



Levels 3, The Yarra Building, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston Street & Flinders Streets Melbourne VIC 3000.

For more information call 86626300.