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Brook Andrew

Assoc Professor

20042019
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Biography

Brook Andrew is an artist who has exhibited internationally since 1996 and who continues to work with, and exhibit in, major international museums, research centres and galleries. He examines dominant Western narratives, specifically relating to colonialism, placing Australia at the centre of a global inquisition. In doing so, his practice harnesses alternate narratives to assemble new directions of understanding historical legacies of colonialsim and modernist histories. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive, he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections.

 

Creating interdisciplinary works, video, sculpture, photography and immersive installations, Brook Andrew presents viewers with alternative choices for interpreting the world, both individually and collectively, by intervening, expanding and re-framing history and our inheritance. For example, in 2014 he worked closely with the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museo de America and Museo Nacional de Antropologia for the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge curated by WHW at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia to create a rigorous immersive installation A Solid Memory of the Forgotten Plains of our Trash and Obsessions reflecting on Spanish, British and Australian history and colonialism.  His recent intallations and artworks in the context of history and the archive is also reflected in the artwork Ancestral Workship in Artist Making Movement, Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; and The Island for Artist and Empire at the Tate Britain in 2015/16.

 

Brook Andrew curated TABOO in 20012/13 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney: a turning point in how indigenous and non-indigenous artists and themes are expressed, pigeonholed and determined through stereotyping in colonised socities.

 

Most recently, Andrew was awarded a 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Institute USA, and just returned from the musee du quai Branly, Paris, as a Photography Residencies Laureate, investigating and making new work surrounding the relationship between the colonial photographer and the sitter.

 

His other current research includes an ambitious international comparative three-year Federal Government Australian Research Council grant called Representation, Rememberance and the Memorial, designed to respond to the repeated high-level calls for a national memorial to Aboriginal loss and the frontier wars: www.rr.memorial

 

In 2016 Brook Andrew, with his collaborator Trent Walter, will complete Australia's first official government supported memorial to the frontier wars, where Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener, the first two Aboriginal men to be hanged in Melbourne, will be installed adjacent to Melbourne Gaol.

 

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2004 2019

'Ancestral Worship' - SM - 'Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks'

Andrew, B., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'Emu' - SM - 'National Anthem'

Andrew, B., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'Inconsequential I – VI' - SM - 'How to Live Together'

Andrew, B., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'Mirror Series (IV)' - SM - 'RocoColonial' - Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Andrew, B., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'Mirror Series (IV)' - SM - 'RocoColonial' - Hazelhurst Arts Centre

Andrew, B., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

Prizes

2018 Advance Global Australian Award - The Arts

Brook Andrew (Recipient), 2018

Prize: National/international honour

Basil Sellers Art Prize 2012 - Shortlisted

Brook Andrew (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fleurieu Art Prize - Shortlisted

Brook Andrew (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Research Grant 2016-17: Deviant Practice

Brook Andrew (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize - Shortlisted

Brook Andrew (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2019

MASP: 'Indigenous Histories'

Brook Andrew (Contributor), Moara Brasil (Contributor)
24 Jul 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

VIVID SYDNEY: 'Arthur Jafa Love is the Message, The Message is Death'

Brook Andrew (Contributor), Arthur Jafa (Contributor)
30 May 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Indigenous Languages and the Visual Voice

Brook Andrew (Contributor)
15 Sep 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

2019 Vivid Ideas program: 'Top Jobs: Championing First Nations Leadership Roles'

Pauline Clague (Contributor), Rhoda Roberts (Contributor), Brook Andrew (Contributor), Wesley Enoch (Contributor)
29 May 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

OCA: Meet Brook Andrew

Brook Andrew (Contributor)
18 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

SMH: 'A who's who of the new arts shakers and movers'

Brook Andrew

14/08/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

ARTS HUB: 'How wall colour manipulates the audience'

Brook Andrew

14/07/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

ARTS HUB: 'First Nations leadership is about letting go, and holding on'

Brook Andrew

20/06/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature