Work by two of Australia’s leading artists – Judy Watson and Helen Johnson – will be presented in conversation as part of The Balnaves Contemporary Series.
Watson, a Waanyi woman, based on Jagera/Yuggera and Turrbal Country of Meanjin/Brisbane and Johnson, a second-generation immigrant of Anglo descent based in Wurundjeri Woiwurrung Country in Naarm/Melbourne, have each developed new works that explore complex and varied perspectives on colonisation, with an emphasis on the experience of women. This conversation will be reflected by Watson and Johnson’s individual and Ancestral cultural experiences living in Australia.
Curators: Jaklyn Babington, formerly Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, Tina Baum, Gulumirrgin (Larrakia)/Wardaman/Karajarri peoples, Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Elspeth Pitt, Curator, Australian Art.
Touring Dates & Venues
- Monash University Museum of Art Caulfield, VIC
10 September – 12 November 2022
- Museum of Art and Culture, yapang, NSW
27 May – 28 August 2023
Stories & Ideas
Two artists, two generations, two perspectives: Judy Watson, Waanyi people, and Helen Johnson have forged a dialogue on the roles of women in contemporary and colonial Australia, presented as part of The Balnaves Contemporary Series at the National Gallery.
By Tina Baum