Gary Lee

Gary Lee is a Larrakia anthropologist, arts writer and independent curator currently based in Darwin


Wakefield Press in association with the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya Softcover 170pp 
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The Larrakia Legacy of Billiamook
Larrakia people bore the brunt of colonial expansion in the Northern Territory when Darwin was settled by beraguds (white people) in 1869. Gary Lee writes of Billiamook, one of the first Larrakia to interact with the settlers and the first Aboriginal artist to have his work exhibited and recognised as art.
Photography with Intent
Various indigenous artists began to use photography to express ideas about their social and political position in the 1980s; the 1988 Bicentennial celebrations were a strong catalyst. Formerly they were always on the other side of the lens, as anthropological subjects. The exception was Mervyn Bishop, employed as a press photographer in the 1960s, and pioneer in the medium and role model for younger artists including Fiona Foley, Ricky Maynard, Peter McKenzie.
Reconciliation: Indigenous art for the 21st Century
Black Glory: Erotica Old and New
The exhibition 'Love Magic' explored Aboriginal male erotica and reveals a little-known dimension in traditional spirituality which has been echoed by contemporary artists. Images of phalluses, couples embracing and testicles going walkabout refer to legends and stories of the Old People. This very large exhibition was a life-affirming spectacle with humour and poignancy as well as some powerful eroticism.
Reconciliation: Indigenous art for the 21st Century
Stockroom Kyneton Samstag NAVA Bendigo Art Gallery