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Courting Blakness:
Recalibrating knowledge in the sandstone university


A celebration of ‘Courting Blakness’, a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art.

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In a bold and unprecedented project, acclaimed international artist Fiona Foley curated a cutting-edge installation in the University of Queensland’s sandstone Great Court.

Universities have traditionally been elite institutions, overlooking and undervaluing the knowledge contributions of Indigenous thinkers, activists and artists. This history is etched into the walls of the Great Court, with anachronistic concepts of humanity and racial difference revealed in many of the friezes and sculptural reliefs. Fiona Foley and her team of eight Aboriginal artists aimed to challenge these concepts.

The ‘Courting Blakness’ exhibition reclaimed this historically white space, creating a visual dialogue between contemporary Aboriginal art and colonial-inspired architecture. It also sparked important conversations about issues that matter to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Featuring striking images as well as essays by artists, curators and academics, Courting Blakness is a stylish and comprehensive tribute to this innovative project.

Fiona Foley

Fiona Foley

Fiona Foley is a Badtjala woman and highly regarded Australian artist. She was an Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland (2011–17) in the School of Political Science and International Studies. Her work over the past twenty years has addressed the history of race relations in Australia, often utilising recent research into previously untold histories.

Louise Martin-Chew
Photo by Sardi Klein

Louise Martin-Chew

Louise Martin-Chew is a freelance art writer. She has contributed to magazines, newspapers and catalogues for over twenty years.