Excerpt from the catalogue by Stuart Koop.
The process of reclaiming (or regenerating) Badtjala aboriginal culture in Foley's work begins with a series of archival photographs. This process is first of all a critical excercise in relation to the Western archive since the archive contains most of the sorrowful remains of aboriginal material culture. But the process is also largely speculative due to the scarcity of material. So to begin, Foley adds a number of notes directly in the margins of the archive. Working with acknowledged photographers, she has restaged the historical images of the Badtjala woman using herself as the subject, in each successive series recovering the Badtjala peoples' independence, strength, and humour.
Exhibitions by Geoff Lowe and Fiona Foley comprise the first component of a cultural exchange project between CCP and Whanki Museum in Seoul, Korea.
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