Michael Riley (1960-2004) was one of the most important contemporary Australian Indigenous visual artists of the past two decades. His contribution to the urban-based Indigenous visual arts industry was substantial and his film and video work challenged non-Indigenous perceptions of Indigenous experience, particularly among the most disenfranchised communities in the eastern region of Australia. He worked with Indigenous people from communities throughout rural and remote regions of Australia and brought a singularly Indigenous visual language to the forefront of international contemporary art.
Riley's work is not social-documentary but draws on a multiplicity of influences--European and North American film-making, international fashion and design, and Indigenous and European spirituality and its contradictions.
Number of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 1 Aug 2006
Publisher: National Gallery of Australia
Publication City, Country: Parkes, ACT, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 28.5(H) x 25.3(L)
Weight (gm): 1325
Brenda L. Croft, senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Austraila, Canberra, is a member of the Gurindji and Mutpurra peoples from the Northern Territory. Other contributors include Anthony "Ace" Bourke, Gael Newton, Victoria Lynn, Djon Mundine, Nikos Papastergiadis, and Hetti Perkins.