Vernon Ah Kee

About the Artist

Vernon Ah Kee (b. 1967) works across text, video, photography and drawing to critique Australian culture from a modern Aboriginal perspective. His works respond to exoticised portrayals of ‘primitives’ and reposition Aboriginal Australians as contemporary people inhabiting real and current spaces and time.

Ah Kee’s work has been exhibited in significant exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally, including ‘Boundary Lines’, Griffith University Art Museum (2018-19); ‘Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia’, Harvard Art Museums (2016); ‘When Silence Falls’, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015-16); ‘Encounters’, National Museum of Australia (2015-16); ‘Brutal Truths’, Griffith University Art Museum (2015-16); ‘Imaginary Accord’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); ‘GOMA Q’, QAG|GOMA, Brisbane (2015); ‘SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms’, 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015); ‘Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art’, National Gallery of Canada (2013); ‘My Country: I Still Call Australia Home’, QAG|GOMA (2013); ‘unDisclosed’: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial’ (2012); ‘Ideas of Barack’, National Gallery of Victoria (2011); ‘Once Removed’, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2009); and ‘Revolutions: Forms that turn’, the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008). His work is held in all major Australian public art collections.

About the Artwork

Vernon Ah Kee uses text to explore and expose contemporary and controversial issues surrounding the construction of race and systems of privilege in Australia. The use of bold, sans serif text reiterates Ah Kee's desire to state his position plainly, in 'black and white', drawing on the slogans and placards of activist politics. Further, the artist’s technique of running words together compels the viewer to engage with the work actively in deciphering and, often, speaking the message.

Love it or fuck off
2019
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 60 cm
Courtesy of Milani Gallery
73 Vulture Street West End Q 4101
This artwork is valued at $5000.
Current high bid: $2,500
Venue Snapshot

Open House Collective is a creative retail, gallery, studio & event space.

Two adjacent shops here with a long presence as diverse creative and cultural spots. Previous tenants have been Box Vintage, Trash Video, Gooble Warming and a lighting showroom. In the 1960s and 1970s some twenty workers were employed here in the Adsett Shoe Repairs factory.


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