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A colour print on paper featuring nine figures. Eight of the figures are paired together and have white and red markings. The ninth figure is solitary, standing to the left of the others. A spiral staircase and window lit buildings are in the background. At the bottom of the print handwritten in pencil is '12/15 / Hot Fitzroy Night / II Casey 89'. On the reverse is stuck various notes including a yellow piece of paper with blue handwritten text 'Karen Casey - / Inappropriate use of / Mimi spirits...' and handwritten in blue ink 'P.A 845 / FRAME'. The print is under glass has a white matt and a silver metal frame.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
W 810mm x H 920mm x D 40mm
Date of work
ATSIC branch office