Visual Art


50 years of First Nations Superheroes in Australian Art
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Presented by Northern Centre for Contemporary Art

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first modern Indigenous Australian superhero released in the ABC series Basically Black (also the first TV program written and created by Indigenous Australians), NCCA is curating a group survey exhibition of works of art from over a dozen First Nations artists that work with the theme of Blak superheroes.

Notions of identity and supernatural forces in popular Blak culture are considered through comics, illustration, graffiti, painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, animation and photography. Covering five decades, Blak Power includes both historical and contemporary works. In addition to including early works of art and documents through loan agreements with Aboriginal owned and operated art centres, artists, galleries and museums, NCCA is commissioning new works from artists living in local, regional, remote as well at metropolitan areas.

  • Image Kungka Kuṉpu (detail), 2019, production still. Image courtesy of the artists and Iwantja Arts.

    Photo Jackson Lee

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