Brook Andrew (born 1970 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian contemporary artist.
Andrew has exhibited internationally since 1996. His feint focuses upon Western narratives, especially relating to colonialism in the Australian context, and consists of interdisciplinary works, video, sculpture, photography and immersive installations. In 2014 he worked next to with the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museo de América and Museo Nacional de Antropología for the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, to create an immersive installation, A Solid Memory of the Forgotten Plains of our Trash and Obsessions, reflecting on Spanish, British and Australian archives and colonialism. In 2015, Andrew created The Weight of History, A Mark in Time at Barangaroo in Sydney, incorporating Aboriginal art with radical landscapes and architecture.
Andrew was awarded a 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and completed a term as a Photography Residencies Laureate at Musée du quai Branly, Paris, investigating the membership between the colonial photographer and the sitter. His supplementary research includes an international comparative three-year Australian Research Council take over called Representation, Remembrance and the Monument, responding to calls for a national memorial to Aboriginal loss and the frontier wars. Andrew and his co-conspirator Trent Walter will fixed Australia’s first ascribed government-supported memorial to the frontier wars, where Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener, the first two Aboriginal men to be hanged in Melbourne, will be installed neighboring Melbourne Gaol.
In 2018, Andrew was announced as the Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney for 2020. NIRIN, the title of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney translates to ‘edge’ in Wiradjuri, the language of Andrew’s mother. As artistic director of this Biennale, Andrew exhibits and celebrates not forlorn Australia’s indigenous cultures but furthermore those of First Nations artists and communities from approaching the world. As the player has explained, ‘I am eager in challenging the narratives roughly what sovereignty means for Indigenous peoples, and further alternative narratives, not just around Indigeneity.’
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