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Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University
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Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University

Author: Fiona Foley   Louise Martin-Chew   Fiona Nicoll  



Courting Blakness is a celebration of 2014’s groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art.
Featuring more than 50 striking full-colour images of the artworks as well as enlightening essays by artists, curators and academics, Courting Blackness is a stylish and comprehensive tribute and companion to this innovative project.
The original exhibition saw acclaimed international artist Fiona Foley curate a cutting-edge installation in the University of Queensland’s sandstone Great Court.
Universities have traditionally been elite institutions, overlooking and undervaluing the knowledge contributions of Indigenous thinkers, activists and artists. This history is etched into the walls of the Great Court, with anachronistic concepts of humanity and racial difference revealed in many of the friezes and sculptural reliefs. Fiona Foley and her team of eight Aboriginal artists aimed to challenge these concepts.
The ‘Courting Blakness’ exhibition reclaimed this historically white space, creating a visual dialogue between contemporary Aboriginal art and colonial-inspired architecture. It also sparked important conversations about issues that matter to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.