Vincent Namatjira’s works The Prime Ministers 2016, Seven Leaders 2016, and The Richest 2017 are included in the prestigious APT at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
Stretching from Iraq to Hawaii, ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) will bring new and significant art from across the region to Brisbane. QAGOMA’s flagship contemporary art series draws visitors with its unique mix of visual spectacle and cross-cultural insight.
“In the opening sequences of the 9th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) at QAGOMA, Vincent Namatjira’s portraits give a sardonic answer to the question of who we live with and alongside. Each of the three series of paintings depict influential people of Australia: the seven richest in the country; seven recent Prime Ministers; and seven leaders of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities. There is a disconnect between the rich and powerful non-Indigenous of Australia and the tjilpi, senior artists and law-men of APY. The juxtaposition highlights the plurality of lives existing together, but lives that are also worlds apart. The two groups are joined together by the nation state, but the reality is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are separated from an equal Australia by the experience of socio-economic, political and cultural injustices.” – Balamohan Shingade for Art and Australia