A creative projection onto the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) during Enlighten is drawing attention to the importance of Indigenous culture in contemporary Australia.

7 March 2019

Leading Australian artist Tony Alber's uses art as a powerful tool to tell stories of his people in his illumination ‘I AM VISIBLE‘.

Tony is a Girramay, Yidinji and Kuku-Yalanji man, born in Townsville and raised in Brisbane, where he graduated from Griffith University's Queensland College of Art.

He believes in keeping culture alive through different mediums. The importance of sharing stories and maintaining culture and language are intertwined in his work.

‘I AM VISIBLE’ references Albert’s Brothers series, which includes two works of art in the NGA’s collection, Brothers (New York Dreaming) (2015) and Brothers (Unalienable) (2015). Through this work Tony seeks to break stereotypes and offer new images for now and the future.

‘The National Gallery of Australia has long recognised the importance of Albert’s contribution to Australia’s cultural debate,’ Nick Mitzevich, NGA Director said.

‘This commission provides the artist with a new visual platform - a 50 metre illumination on the facade of the NGA building. Tony has relished this challenge and created an exceptional and original work of art. He is using art to bridge divides in our diverse community.’

‘I AM VISIBLE’ features during Enlighten in Canberra daily from 8-11pm until 11 March. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of expression, which is a focus during the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages.

Find out more:
Visit the National Gallery of Australia’s website.
See our 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages page
Visit UNESCO's IY2019 website
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Credit: Production by The Electric Canvas. Sydney, New South Wales. I AM VISIBLE 2019 Sydney, New South Wales & Canberra, Australian Capital Territory architectural digital projection for the National Gallery of Australia with contributions by Stephen Page (choreography) and Beau Dean Riley (dancer). Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. Commissioned 2018-19