Vernon Ah Kee was born in 1967 in Innisfail, Queensland, and is a member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples. Ah Kee represented Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale in the group exhibition Once Removed.
Other recent group exhibitions include Revolutions: Forms that turn, Biennale of Sydney (2008); and unwritten (Asia Link & Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition) (2008-11). Recent solo exhibitions include talkwalktalk, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Canada (2009), and cant chant, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2007) and touring (2009-11). In 2009, the Institute of Modern Art published borninthisskin, the first major publication devoted to Ah Kee’s practice.
Vernon Ah Kee holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, where he is currently completing his doctorate of visual arts. His work is included in public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. Vernon Ah Kee is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
Australia, as a country, as an idea, as an ideal, as a social-political system, thinks of and believes itself, despite its history of racism and exclusion, to be essentially Good; I of course disagree. These drawings and what they represent are my evidence.
Vernon Ah Kee, 2004