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The Power of Paper

50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will showcase the art made by black and indigenous artists since the 1960s.

Pudlo Pudlat, Imposed Migration, Lithograph, 1986

Pudlo Pudlat, Imposed Migration, Lithograph, 1986

The art of printmaking has always put images into circulation: from Dürer to Hogarth and since, artists have made prints, in order to reach and shape public imaginations.

From the mid-twentieth century onwards, colonized peoples and indigenous communities began to represent themselves through art in modern media. In Australia, Canada and South Africa, they depicted culture, history and struggle through prints made in remote community workshops and in city studios.

This exhibition is a revelation of eloquent art made by black and indigenous artists since the 1960s. Inspired by environments from the Arctic to the Australian desert, from the country and the city, it foregrounds visions of place, custom and history, in settings that are at once profoundly different, yet linked by empire and the politics of decolonization.

The Power of Paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa runs from 14 February – 6 December 2015 at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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