Courting Blakness

Courting Blakness


In a groundbreaking exhibition, located in the University of Queensland’s Great Court from September 5-28 2014, curator and UQ Adjunct Professor, Fiona Foley, brings together works by Ryan Presley, Archie Moore, Rea, Natalie Harkin, Karla Dickens, Christian Thompson, Megan Cope and Michael Cook.

As research collaboration and teaching migrate to online platforms, what is the unique space and potential of the university campus? What is the place of art in the global university?  How does art shape academic knowledge and how does academic knowledge shape art?  What does contemporary Aboriginal art allow us to see? What does it prompt us to think and feel about the ways we occupy spaces of knowledge? Over two weeks in September Courting Blakness invites us to observe and participate as art moves through spaces and practices of learning at the University of Queensland.

Courting Blakness approaches the university as more than a brand in a global marketplace.  The university also embodies a specific history and set of relationships between people and place.  The architecture of the Great Court describes a meeting place of different academic disciplines, artists and thinkers through the ages.  Courting Blakness invites staff, students and members of the public to engage this space through new conversations about issues that matter to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Ideas about humanity and racial difference often find expression in spaces of public art and cultural heritage in Australia.  Courting Blakness invites us to consider how much or how little these ideas have changed since the Great Court was designed and built.  Such consideration will generate more complex and layered understandings about how local, national and transnational spaces of knowledge and education are formed and reconfigured over time.

Event Details

  • Location: Queensland University
  • Starts: 5th September 2014
  • Finishes: 28th September 2014
  • Website: Queensland University