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Lionel Fogarty: New Paintings

LIONEL FOGARTY

Lionel Fogarty since the early 2000s has been creating ‘poem paintings’, where viewers are immersed in the language written by his own hand, rather than by the mechanical typeset of publishing. This exhibition of new paintings connects to Lionel Fogarty’s longstanding commitment to liberation of voice, fighting back against colonialism and strengthening languages that have been pressured by settler linguistics. This display of paintings suggests new and generative ways of reading poetry across cultural spaces to both bridge and disrupt speech, writing and the visual image.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lionel G. Fogarty is a Yugambeh man born on Wakka Wakka land in South Western Queensland near Murgon. Throughout the 1970s, he worked as an activist for Aboriginal Land Rights and protesting Aboriginal deaths in custody. In his writing he demonstrates that he is a poet of language as much as of politics, repurposing both traditional poetics and the speech of his people to delineate current circumstances of oppression alongside a vision of independent Aboriginal identity. He has published numerous collections of poetry and is considered one of Australia’s greatest living poets. 

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THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT THROUGH ARTS QUEENSLAND. ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH CREATIVE AUSTRALIA, ITS ARTS FUNDING AND ADVISORY BODY.

IMAGE: LIONEL FOGARTY POETRY READING, MILANI GALLERY 25 MARCH 2023.

EXHIBITION DATES

23 November 2024 – 2 February 2025