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For the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP)’s annual ‘In dialogue’, two Indigenous artists – one Australian and the other Canadian – communicate their histories of European colonisation.

James Tylor (Possum) explores Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian). Juxtaposing image and object, Tylor recontextualises the representation of Australian landscape, society and history.

Meryl McMaster looks to the past to form a fuller understanding of the present. Her performance-based photography reveals the contradictions and conflicts of her heritage (her father is Plains Cree and her mother British, Scottish and Dutch). Meryl’s images hold moments of introspection and contemplation, often portraiture that questions personal and collective identity.

Over the last year, Tylor and McMaster have been exchanging ideas about their contemporary experience of place and an arts practice which responds to diverse heritages and histories. This ‘In dialogue’ will be accessible online at from 6 July 2019. 

Exhibition dates: 28 June – 17 August 2019
Opening event: Thursday, 27 June, 6-8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm. Saturday 11am-4pm. Closed Public Holidays
Free exhibition

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