Don’t Know Us
Those Monuments Don’t Know Us, curated by Andy Butler, is a compelling curatorial intervention at Bundoora Homestead, Victoria. Built in 1900, the Homestead is a Queen Anne-style Federation mansion operating as a historic house, art gallery and café, registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is the public art gallery for the City of Darebin. Australia has long defined itself by who does and doesn’t belong; Bundoora Homestead mansion is a monument from a time when the exclusion of non-European and non-Anglo-Saxon people was written into law, as a founding principle. Featuring the work of First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse artists Khadim Ali, Timmah Ball, Hayley Millar-Baker, Phuong Ngo, James Nguyen, Nabilah Nordin, Diego Ramirez, Priya Srinivasan, TextaQueen and Siying Zhou, Those Monuments Don’t Know Us considers how this history has a habit of repeating, and explores the politics of ‘belonging’ in Australia, through a range of perspectives. The exhibition runs from March 9 to May 5.