Author(s): Gordon Hookey
Australian Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey has a distinctive figurative painting style that is urgently political, calling both politicians and constituents to account for the past and continuing oppression of his people. His style is often darkly humorous, layered with visual puns and linguistic mischievousness. ‘MURRILAND!’ is a cycle of monumental paintings that re-envisions the history of Queensland. Begun in 2015, it surveys pre-colonisation to the present day, unravelling history and confronting non-indigenous narratives. This publication compiles materials and interviews surrounding the first canvas in the series, and coincides with its presentation at documenta 14.