Curated by Djon Mundine OAM

To say Robert Campbell Jnr (1944–1993) was an important Aboriginal storyteller would be an understatement. A primarily self-taught painter, his work of the 1980s and 1990s embody an artistic life that sought to deal with the social discrimination he witnessed growing up in south eastern New South Wales, as well the continuing impact of Australia’s colonial past.

The selection of Campbell’s paintings brought together for this first retrospective exhibition, canvas still pertinent issues of dispossession, disempowerment and cultural and historical dematerialisation, disappearance, and a codified form of Aboriginal collective memory, a ‘collective consciousness’.