Andy Butler 

Writer + Curator + Artist

Image 1: Diego Ramirez, Monument to the Night 2019.
Image 2: Khadim Ali, Untitled #2 and Untitled#6 (from Fragmented Memories series) 2017-2018
Image 3: Those Monuments Don’t Know Us Installation View, works by TextaQueen and Nabilah Nordin
Image 4: Phuong Ngo, Colony 2017 Photos by Jorge de Araujo

Those Monuments Don’t Know Us

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
9 March - 5 May 2019
Khadim Ali, Timmah Ball, Hayley Millar-Baker, Phuong Ngo, James Nguyen, Nabilah Nordin, Diego Ramirez, Dr. Priya Srinivasan, TextaQueen and Siying Zhou.
Curated by Andy Butler

Australia has long defined itself by who does and doesn’t belong. Bundoora Homestead mansion is an iconic monument of a time where the exclusion of non-European people was written into law, as a founding principle of our first federal government.

Those Monuments Don’t Know Us considers the ways this history has a habit of coming back around, and unpacks the whiteness that still lays at the heart Australia’s national imagination. The artists in this exhibition use various approaches and cultural narratives in their work to examine larger political and social issues that continue to shape notions of ‘belonging’ in Australia.

This project was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and by the Australian Governmnet through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Press and Media

Neika Lehman, “History Reframed”, The Saturday Paper, March 16 2019
Interview on RRR SmartArts with Andy Butler & Richard Watts, March 14 2019, (interview starts at 2 hour mark)
Interview on ABC RN, Awaye, Hayley Millar-Baker and Timmah Ball with Daniel Browning, March 16 2019

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles