Decolonising Feminism: A First Nations perspective

Sending a strong signal, the National Gallery of Australia turned over its annual lecture to a panel of First Nations Women to debunk white structures of feminism. This is what they had to say.

In a first, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) turned over its Annual Lecture to a panel of women – more so, to a panel of First Nations women who were set on provocatively debunking the colonial frameworks of the art institution. Even further, they were challenging all institutions and the inequities they have historically represented.

It was a bold decision, and a strong public signal from the NGA. And, it was not an isolated gesture.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina