Q&A: Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey on protest art

ArtsHub speaks with First Nations artist Gordon Hookey about his first survey exhibition, and the legacy of protest art.

Indigenous Curator Shannon Brett sat down with Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey earlier this year on Yuggera Country (Brisbane), ahead of his exhibition at UNSW Galleries, A MURRIALITY, which opened this past week.

At the time Hookey explained: ‘Everything we do is part of the greater story of us.’

Brett described: ‘While sipping my tea, I gazed at his epic paintings covering his grand studio walls and I realised that the story of Gordon Hookey living “Aboriginal Way” in this place is not only the story of First Nations people, it is also the story of Australia.’

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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