Australian Embassy
The Philippines

MR310708- Celebrating Australia's Indigenous Heritage With Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye

*Extended until 24th September 2008


The Australian Embassy, Manila celebrates Australia’s Indigenous heritage with Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye featuring the works of internationally celebrated Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew. Developed by Asialink at the University of Melbourne and the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), audiences in the Philippines will get the first glimpse of this unique exhibition as it begins its journey through South and Southeast Asia.

Australian Ambassador Rod Smith officially opened the exhibition together with Yuchengco Museum Chairman and Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Secretary Alfonso Yuchengco, and MUMA Curator and Collections Manager, Geraldine Barlow. The exhibition is ongoing until 30 August* at the Third Level, Bridgeway Gallery of the Yuchengco Museum.

Curated by MUMA’s Geraldine Barlow, Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye is the first major survey of the artist’s career over the past decade and showcases the many layers of his diverse and acclaimed artistic practice. Through striking neon installations, powerful photographic studies, prints and sculpture, the artist explores the dynamics of intercultural engagement, the construction of history and power.

Language and traditional designs from Andrew’s Wiradjuri heritage are combined with contemporary elements such as optical art patterns, pop art aesthetics, and the declarative strategies of advertising to create compelling and insightful pieces. Audiences at the exhibition will get a rare opportunity to see the artist's famous work, Sexy and Dangerous 1, which has become an iconic image of Australian contemporary art. For more details, contact the Australian Embassy at 757 8135 or the Yuchengco Museum at 889 1234.

Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye caps off the Embassy’s month-long NAIDOC activities celebrating Australia’s Indigenous heritage. NAIDOC is a celebration of the contribution that Indigenous Australians make across many fields including media, academia, sport, government, business, diplomacy and the arts.