Queensland artist Archie Moore and Curator of the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Ellie Buttrose, have been selected to represent Australia at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (Biennale Arte) in 2024.

Moore’s major new project curated by Buttrose will be presented within the historic Giardini della Biennale precinct. “Archie Moore’s generous and productive approach to storytelling about the impact of Australia’s colonial and post-colonial project on Australia’s First Nations peoples is well deserving of international recognition,” said Mr Saines.

Moore (Kamilaroi/Bigambul people) lives and works in Redlands, Queensland. He works across a range of media and is well-known for his research-driven practice that often combines historical examinations with personal reflections to address the lived experience of Indigenous Australians. Ellie Buttrose is a longstanding member of the curatorial department at QAGOMA. She has been part of the Gallery’s curatorial team on the flagship Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series of exhibitions since 2015 and has curated many QAGOMA exhibitions and cinema programs.

“Every Queenslander can be extremely proud of this achievement, which speaks to the incredibly high regard that both Archie and Ellie are held in the wider visual arts sector,” Minister Enoch said. “Queensland’s representation of Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2024 reinforces the talent of our artists and arts workers and places a prominent First Nations artist at the centre of the global contemporary art scene.

“Focusing on our creative future will ensure Queensland embraces the opportunities of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games when our local stories and unique arts and cultural experiences will again share the world spotlight,” Minister Enoch said.

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