Australia now - GERMANY 2017


10 June - 17 September

VENUE:   Kassel


One of the most anticipated events in the contemporary visual arts calendar,  documenta takes places in Kassel every five years. For the first time in 2017, the  exhibition will be situated between Kassel and Athens, with participating artists  required to respond to both sites in their work. Three Australian artists have been  selected to exhibit at documenta 14 - representing some of the most vibrant practice  in Australia’s dynamic and diverse contemporary visual arts sector. Sydney artist  Bonita Ely’s work Momento Mori examines the trauma of war, displacement and  ecological destruction in two large-scale installations in Athens and Kassel. Gordon  Hookey, of the Waanyi people of northwest Queensland, creates a series of  monumental paintings and public murals in Solidarity, charting a history of  Queensland that draws on the oral traditions of Aboriginal communities and colonial  narratives. Dale Harding, of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of central  Queensland, challenges the representation and reproductions of cultural objects and  images in his work Body of Objects. documenta 14 curator, Hendrik Folkerts,  selected the artists following an Australia Council supported trip to Australia for the  Asia Pacific Triennial 8 in 2015. As the leading public investor in Australian  international arts activity, the Australia Council has provided funding support to the  artists and to documenta to facilitate the exhibition of their work.

Gordon Hookey, MURRILAND! (2016-7, detail), oil  on canvas, 2 × 10 m. © Gordon Hookey/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, courtesy  Gordon Hookey and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Carl Warner