AUSTRALIAN ART DOCUMENTA 14
One of the most anticipated events in the contemporary visual arts calendar, documenta takes places in Kassel every five years. For the first time in 2017, the exhibition will be situated between Kassel and Athens, with participating artists required to respond to both sites in their work. Three Australian artists have been selected to exhibit at documenta 14 - representing some of the most vibrant practice in Australia’s dynamic and diverse contemporary visual arts sector. Sydney artist Bonita Ely’s work Momento Mori examines the trauma of war, displacement and ecological destruction in two large-scale installations in Athens and Kassel. Gordon Hookey, of the Waanyi people of northwest Queensland, creates a series of monumental paintings and public murals in Solidarity, charting a history of Queensland that draws on the oral traditions of Aboriginal communities and colonial narratives. Dale Harding, of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of central Queensland, challenges the representation and reproductions of cultural objects and images in his work Body of Objects. documenta 14 curator, Hendrik Folkerts, selected the artists following an Australia Council supported trip to Australia for the Asia Pacific Triennial 8 in 2015. As the leading public investor in Australian international arts activity, the Australia Council has provided funding support to the artists and to documenta to facilitate the exhibition of their work.