Brook Andrew portrait in studio 2015 15cm

Meet Brook Andrew

18 March '19

Please join us for a talk with OCA IVP Brook Andrew, artist and Artistic Director of the Sydney Biennale 2020.

This event is part of OCA's mezzanine program.

Monday, 18 March

Free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Please RSVP to info@oca.no.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7 D
0551 Oslo

Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and the restitution of cultural objects to their original communities. Through museum and archival research and interventions, he aims to offer alternate versions of forgotten histories; illustrating different means for interpreting history in the world today. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections to tease out new interpretations.

Most recently Brook presented Ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik,an interrogation of the Van Abbemuseum archives in Holland, which re-imagines a different world timeline alongside his own archive curated by Nick Aikens. In 2017 he also created an intervention into the collection of the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland; and The Right to Offend is Sacredopened at the National Gallery of Victoria, a 25-year reflection on his practice. Across October and November 2017, Brook will complete a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, with the Smithsonian Institute, USA; and in 2018 present What’s Left Behind, a new commission for SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagementat the 21st Biennale of Sydney.

His recent research includes an ambitious international comparative three-year Federal Government Australian Research Council grant titled Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial. The project is designed to respond to the repeated high-level calls for a national memorial to Aboriginal loss and the frontier wars: www.rr.memorial.

Brook is currently the Artistic Director for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney opening March 2020, which is the 250 year anniversary that Captain James Cook claimed to have discovered Australia for the British monarch.

Video by Eirin Torgersen / OCA

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