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Tyerabarrbowaryaou (I shall never become a white man)

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


19 Feb 1992 to 17 Apr 1992


Ian Abdulla, Gordon Bennett, Robert Campbell Jnr., Fiona Foley, Sally Morgan, Paddy Wainburranga


Djon Mundine

About the exhibition

This exhibition was the first of contemporary Aboriginal art at the MCA. It took as its title a statement attributed to Pemulwuy, the Aboriginal resistance fighter in what is now the area called Sydney. These words signified a contemporary act of resistance by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in continuing their artistic practice in the face of historical and ongoing oppression.

The title was used again in a ‘sequel’ to this exhibition, Tyerabarrbowaryaou II, which was curated by Fiona Foley and Djon Mundine for the 5th Havana Biennial.

The exhibition sought to redress the dismissive attitude of European and white Australian galleries and collectors towards Aboriginal art. It provided an opportunity to engage with and inform the wider public about the inherent social and cultural importance of these works. Each of the artists represented in this exhibition was concerned with the history of the white invasion of Australia, its personal, political and historical impacts.

Tyerabarrbowaryaou aimed to present a new voice of Aboriginal culture, one which embraced new media and ancient tradition, to give voice to a wounded history and speak with pride of an enduring relationship with land and culture.