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Foley, Australian artist
Aboriginal artist dedicated to telling the history of her people
will be at U.Va. next week and give a public lecture Feb. 15 at
5:30 p.m. Fiona Foley, whose ancestors, the Badtjala, were almost
wiped out by colonizing Europeans, will speak about contemporary
Aboriginal art with Djon Mundine, a curator of Australian art,
in Campbell Hall, room 153.
Through her paintings and more recent installations, Foley has
been instrumental in bringing Aboriginal art to international
attention and showing that it is not limited to traditional methods
and motifs, but also uses Western and contemporary materials.
is a leading figure in the Australian art world, according to
Margo S. Boles, curator of the Kluge-Ruhe
Collection, which John Kluge donated to the University several
years ago. In 1989, Mundine commissioned a large group of works
from the Ramingining territory for Kluge's collection. He and
Foley co-curated in the early 1990s two exhibits of contemporary
Aboriginal paintings called "Tyerabarbowaryaou -- I Shall
Never Become a White Man."