"Executed" / City Gallery / by patrick rodriguez

Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, two Aboriginal men from Tasmania, were publicly hanged in Melbourne for murder in 1842.

"In this exhibition, Tasmanian and Victorian Aboriginal artists speak back to this complex story from the colonial frontier with works of pride, survival and resistance. For them, it is a story they have grown up with. Their works speak of Country, memory, trauma and love for their people. These artists challenge the dominant colonial narrative – both historical and contemporary. They refute the myth that Truganini, a significant figure in this story, was the last of her people; that Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were simply murderers; and that colonisation was a benign process that met no resistance.

In this exhibition Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner emerge as freedom fighters."

Curated by Paola Balla

Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman of the Day and Egan families and is also of Italian and Chinese blood. She is an artist, curator, writer, speaker, educator and arts worker.

26 November 2015 – 1 February 2016

City Gallery

Monday: 10am to 2pm
Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm