February 12, 2021


The University of Queensland Art Museum

Left to right: Tony Albert, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, Megan Cope, Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee. Photo: Rhett Hammerton.

Megan Cope, The Age of Entitlement, 2016. Acrylic on giclee map of Cook’s Map of Discoveries. Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery.


Jennifer Herd, In Defence 2021. Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Fireworks Gallery. Photo: Carl Warner.

Laurie Nilsen, Dollar Dilemma (Flag), 2020. Reproduced courtesy of the artist’s estate and FireWorks Gallery. Photo: Mick Richards.

Gordon Hookey, Terraist gloves 2008. Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery. Photo: Carl Warner.


proppaNOW: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, and Laurie Nilsen

Guest curators: Amanda Hayman and Troy Casey (Blaklash Creative)

OCCURRENT AFFAIR is a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by Brisbane-based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW. Established in 2003, proppaNOW is one of Australia’s leading cultural collectives, exploring the politics of Aboriginal art and culture, and provoking, subverting and re-thinking what it means to be a "contemporary Aboriginal artist." Conceived as a collaborative activist gesture, OCCURRENT AFFAIR will address current socio-political, economic and environmental issues, while celebrating the strength, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture.

Engaging wordplay through its title, OCCURRENT AFFAIR references the sensational journalistic style of some television current affair programs. OCCURRENT AFFAIR embraces the slippage between language and its associated readings to probe and present new narratives. The exhibition will reflect on the ongoing state of affairs affecting Aboriginal communities—issues that are relevant to all Australians.

Images and artist biographies here.

First Nations visitors are advised that the exhibition may contain images, names, and voices of people who have deceased. Permission has been granted from the family for all images and artwork to be shown here and in the exhibition.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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