Brook Andrew examines dominant Western narratives, specifically relating to colonialism, placing Australia at the centre of a global inquisition. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive Andrew travels internationally to work with communities and private and public collections. Creating interdisciplinary works and immersive installations Andrew presents viewers with alternative choices for interpreting the world, both individually and collectively, by intervening, expanding and re-framing history and our inheritance.
These perspectives are driven by his rich involvement with international and local research practice and his cultural inheritance of Wiradjuri, Ngunnawal and Celtic ancestry growing up in Australia's Sydney area.
Brook Andrew has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at major institutions including Tate Britain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Künstlerhaus, Vienna; Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the Jewish Museum, Berlin. He has worked with collections from significant museums and has received numerous fellowships and awards.
Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels. He is a lecturer at MADA (Monash Art, Design and Architecture), Monash University, Australia.
Professor Marcia Langton AM: Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies
Professor Marcia Langton AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art.
Her role in the Prime Minister and Cabinet sponsored Empowered Communities project, as member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians is a recent demonstration of Professor Langton’s academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual (e.g. her 2012 Boyer lectures titled ‘The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom’), and her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles.
In the private sector Professor Langton serves on a number of boards, including as Chairperson of Guma ICRG JV Pty Ltd, as a Director of Indigenous Construction Resource Group Pty Ltd and Director of Riverview Global Pty Ltd.
Awarded B.A. (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD from Macquarie University. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
Dr Jessica Neath
Jessica Neath is an Anglo-Celtic Australian art historian who is researching at the intersections of visual arts, cultural heritage and memorialisation of traumatic histories. Since 2010 she has been employed as a research assistant in the Art History and Theory program at Monash University where she completed her PhD in 2015. In 2017 she was the Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellow at the Australian War Memorial. In 2012 she received the John Barrett Award for Australian Studies (Postgraduate Category) for the paper “Empty Lands: Contemporary Art Approaches to Photographing Historical Trauma in Tasmania”, which was published in the Journal of Australian Studies.