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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 2018

Selected works - SM - 'Colony: Frontier Wars'

Andrew, B., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'The Cell' - SM - 'Let's play: The art of our time'

Andrew, B., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'52 Portraits' - SM - 'Tracks and Traces'

Andrew, B., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

AHY-KON-UH-KLAS-TIK

Andrew, B., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

'Back of Man II' - SM - 'Networking the Unseen'

Andrew, B., 2017

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 2018

Shiraz Bay Joo, Jessie Lloyd and Brook Andrew

Shiraz Ali Bayjoo (Contributor), Jessie Lloyd (Contributor), Brook Andrew (Contributor)
27 Jun 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Confronting the Frontier Wars: International Perspectives. Truth Telling - Displaying and Interpreting Trauma

Brook Andrew (Host), Judy Watson (Contributor), Savina Sirik (Contributor), Pia Brous (Contributor), Marcos Moreira (Contributor)
30 Jun 2018

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

Acquisition TEN CUBED: 'Ceramics I' (2018)

Brook Andrew (Producer)
2018 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsAcquisition

Melbourne Art Week - Brook Andrew: In Conversation

Brook Andrew (Contributor), Simon Maidment (Contributor)
4 Aug 2018

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

Walking on Bones, Empowering Memory: Brook Andrew and Guests

Brook Andrew (Contributor), Gail Ridgely (Contributor), Annie E. Coombes (Contributor), Savina Sirik (Contributor), Marcia Langton (Contributor), Nelson Abiti (Contributor)
26 Jun 2018

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

Press / Media

ART GUIDE: 'Weapons for the Soldier'

Brook Andrew

9/11/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Review

ARTSHUB: 'Weapons for the Soldier - Protecting Country, Culture and Family'

Brook Andrew

17/10/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

MEMO REVIEW: 'Brook Andrew: The Language of Skulls'

Brook Andrew

29/09/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

THE HINDU: 'Fostering cultural ties'

Brook Andrew

24/09/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

LANDSCAPE AUST: 'Colony: Frontier Wars, Colony: Australia: 1770-1861'

Brook Andrew

5/09/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature