Michael Cook

Undiscovered #4

Inkjet Print - Edition 8

124cm x 100cm

Michael Cook is an Indigenous artist, of Bidjara heritage.  He is Brisbane based, specialising in photomedia and his work has been described in terms of “colonial narratives, through the eyes of Indigenous Australians”.  He has won many awards, including Indigenous Visual Artist of the year in 2011 and 2008 Deadly Awards,  and the 2011 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.  His work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

This work comes from a large body of work (10 works) all with the theme of  colonial arrival and early settlement in Australia.  They make up half of the exhibition titled Unhabited.  The Indigenous, uniformed man is in all works, sometimes alongside Australian native animals.  The works convey a real peacefulness, despite the incredible symbolism they contain, and send a strong message.   The other half of the exhibition portrays an Indigenous woman, taken from her home and transplanted to Victorian England, we have also purchased a beautiful work from this collection entitled Broken Dreams #4

Purchased from Dianne Tanzer Gallery, October 2011