Our Collection: Voice in Action
Drawing on the Museum of Brisbane Collection, Voice in Action explores the city’s unique socio-political climate during the 1980s and its impact on the rise of strong new artistic voices. Artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Christopher Bassi and Richard Bell are just some of the contributing works in the collection paying tribute to history and culture. Visual artists began creating work which reclaimed both Aboriginal and western imagery as a means of asserting their identities and experiences, confronting stereotypes and challenging the status-quo.
Strong cross-cultural influences ran throughout this movement, with artists from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds coming together socially and artistically. These collaborations helped dissolve perceived boundaries and amplify the widespread call for social change. The collection combines a variety of different types of art, using a range of material to present different interpretations o previous cultures.