Vincent Namatjira - The Royal Tour
Despite finding their bearings amidst the pillars of colonialism, power, and First Nations identity, Vincent Namatjira’s paintings are almost impossibly light and personal in their candour. Issues of race, politics, and empire coalesce with humour, humility, and personal narratives. ‘The Royal Tour’ is his first artist’s book, and was created while in lockdown in remote Central Australia during the pandemic. It presents a group of works that are as intimate as they are interventionist, wherein Namatjira inserts himself into the pageantry and state occasions depicted on the pages of commemorative photobooks of the British royalty, which he came across at second-hand shops in Alice Springs.
|48 p, ills colour, 24 x 32 cm, pb, English|