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"Brook Andrew: Ngajuu Want to Believe"
2001-09-21 until 2001-10-27
Experimental Art Foundation
Adelaide, SA, AU

Sydney based Wiradjuri artist Brook Andrew has been included in major exhibitions in Australia and overseas and he has been commissioned to create major public sculptures for sites including Sydney International Terminal and Olympic Park. In the past Andrew's work has dealt with issues of indigenous identities and forms of contemporary mass communication, and he will exhibit new work at the EAF.

Brook Andrew was born in Sydney in 1970 and is of the Wiradjuri nation. He undertook a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean from 1991 to 1993. A self-described interdisciplinary artist, Andrew first exhibited his work in 1992, in exhibitions including The Post Modern Experience at the Casula Powerhouse, Western Sydney and Wring at The Performance Space, Sydney. His work was included in Our Place: Australian People, Australian Identity at the Australian Museum, Sydney in 1993. In 1994 he participated in Blakness: Blak City Culture! at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Fresh Art at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, and the touring exhibition True Colours: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists Raise the Flag.

Andrew commenced work as a Lecturer in Aboriginal Art and Philosophy at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1995. He was appointed to the Editorial Committee of Photofile magazine that same year, and exhibited his work in Australian Perspecta 1995 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Summer Lovin' at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide. In 1996 Andrew commenced a Master of Fine Arts (Research) at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. He held the solo exhibition Dispersed Treasures (as part of the international touring exhibition Abstracts: New Aboriginalities) at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, UK, that same year.

Andrew worked as a Lecturer at both the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, the Department of Fine Arts, University of Western Sydney, and the Department of Art History and Theory at Sydney University in 1997. He participated in the exhibitions Extracts at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney and Black Humour at Canberra Contemporary Art Space that same year.

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