SHANNON BRETT

SELECTED ARTWORK

FLAME 2017. Tanks Art Centre, Cairns - Queensland. *All works pigment print on photo rag

ARTNOW FNQ 2015/2016. Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns - Queensland. All works pigment print on photo rag

I Love A Son Burnt Country 2015. Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns - Queensland. *All works pigment print on photo rag

Depth of Field 2014. Cell Artspace, Cairns - Queensland

Paper Works On & Off 2013. Tanks Art Centre, Cairns - Queensland

Blunt Edge of Portraiture, Cairns - Queensland *pigment print on photo rag

Same Story Different Colour 2013. Auckland - New Zealand

Bodega Nights Resident Art Exhibition 2013. Can Serrat International Art Centre El Bruc - Spain. *All works digital banners.

Exotic Weeds 2013. KickArts Residency, Cairns - Queensland

I Didn’t Get To Cry Till Now 2012. Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane - Queensland *All works pigment print on canvas

Celebration of a Nation - NEWflames Residency - Studio Exhibition 2011. Canopy Artspace, Cairns - Queensland

The GAS Graduate Art Show 2010/ 2011. Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane - Queensland

Evidence Metaphor 2010. BARI Festival, Jugglers ArtSpace, Brisbane - Queensland

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CHANGE THE DATE, 2017/18. Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns - Queensland.

My work, CHANGE THE DATE presents thousands of hand cut and dyed pieces of the native species of Cumbungi (Typha orientalis), which is classed as the most widespread water weed in North Queensland. This water plant is regularly poisoned by councils to prevent blockages of waterways, channels and drains. Here before you, each protruding piece of native fibre represents an Aboriginal person; a native; individually poisoned by a significant date which is celebrated by many newer Australians. This disputed date zoned as a public holiday called Australia Day falls on the date of an arrival of gun possessors just 7 generations ago, who sequentially massacred millions of Aboriginal people for reasons unanswered. January 26 symbolises anguish and confusion for many Indigenous and also nonindigenous peoples, in which continues to create further divisions within the national community. As each new year begins, Australia inches toward historic reflection, while those who lack respect remain stoic in their determination to rejoice in the genocide of its natives.

CHANGE THE DATE is a catchphrase that has grown to impart authority and integrity regarding this moment each year in which Aboriginal peoples observe their fellow citizens waving flags of dominance and taking a day off to BBQ. The date must change in respect of the millions of Aboriginal people slaughtered in their own homelands, I reject the notion that this date is fixed and that the power of people is lost.

Shannon Brett