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GOMA Talks is back

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The Gallery of Modern Art’s popular GOMA Talks series is back from September 5 as QAGOMA in alliance with the Queensland Art Gallery.

GOMA Talks radio program has been running since its inception in 2011 and has touched on a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics.

During this three-part series of GOMA Talks, listeners can expect the program to dive deeper into discussions around country, life and history inspired by the current GOMA exhibition ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’.

“Continuing the Gallery’s partnership with ABC Radio National, each free fortnightly GOMA Talks evening session hosted by a Radio National presenter will use a thematic strand in the exhibition as a launching pad for debate,” QAGOMA Director Chris Saines says.

The first episode will be hosted by Daniel Browning, presenter of ABC Radio National’s Awaye! Program.

Daniel will explore how ideas about Country are expressed in writing and guests will include acclaimed journalist and author Nicholas Rothwell, award winning novelist Melissa Lucashenko and Yugambeh Museum Director Rory O’Connor.

On Thursday September 19, Future Tense presenter Antony Funnell looks into identity through the lens of politics and culture, with a panel including journalist Jeremy Geia, an anthropologist, linguist and author of The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus, Peter Sutton and ‘My Country’ exhibiting artist Vernon Ah Kee.

This series concludes on Thursday October 3 when Weekend Arts’ Sarah Kanowski asks how contemporary artists capture histories, express current issues and shape possible futures, joined by ‘My Country’ exhibiting artist Bindi Cole, art historian and editor of ‘How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art’ Professor Ian McLean; and curator and contributor to the ‘My Country’ exhibition publication, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington.

GOMA Talks is streamed live via the QAGOMA website, with viewers encouraged to submit questions to the panel via text message or social media.

Admission to GOMA Talks is free and no bookings are required. The hour-long sessions are hosted in the GOMA cinema and commence from 6.30pm.

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ continues at GOMA until October 7.

It features over 300 works by Indigenous Australian artists from every state and territory, drawn from the Gallery’s holdings of painting, sculpture, fibre art, prints, photography, installation and video art, as well as two major site specific installations.


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