New Exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum

May 11 / 60

Ricky Maynard, ‘Gladys, Wik elder’ from the series ‘Returning to places that name us’,  2000. Gelatin silver fibre print, 55 x 70 cm.  © Courtesy the artist.
Ricky Maynard, ‘Gladys, Wik elder’ from the series ‘Returning to places that name us’, 2000. Gelatin silver fibre print, 55 x 70 cm. © Courtesy the artist.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art will host Portrait of a Distant Land, an exhibition of 60 works by leading indigenous photographer Ricky Maynard, from 25 May to 14 August.

Drawing on six bodies of work, this exhibition was first shown as part of the inaugural Photoquai Biennale organised by Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. 

Mr Maynard, who is based on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, has been recording the lives of his people since the mid 1980s. 

Several of his renowned photographs trace song lines, massacre sites, key historical events, important meeting places, sacred cultural sites and practices of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. 

The artist works closely with the communities he photographs, and his approach to social documentary represents a major development in the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. 

Potter Museum curator, Joanna Bosse said: “As the winner of The Kate Challis RAKA Award (2003),  managed by the Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne and exhibited at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, it’s fitting Maynard’s complete body of work returns to the Potter, with the winning series titled ‘Returning to places that name us’. 

“Maynard’s poignant documentary photography is about the people and the places in the artist’s life.  Students and staff of the University are fortunate to see these personalities inhabit the Potter museum; Ricky’s work encourages us to engage with this often unrepresented part of Australia’s population, especially from an Indigenous point of view."

Mr Maynard has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. 

He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Mother Jones International Documentary Award (1994), an Australian Human Rights Award (1997).

Portrait of a Distant Land is curated by Keith Munro, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, who are touring the exhibition with the assistance of the Australia Council’s ‘New Australian Stories’ program. 

Mr Maynard will join a panel discussion on Contemporary Visions and Critiques of the Landscape as part of the University’s Festival of Ideas, on Saturday 18 June 2011.




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