Talk: Michael Cook

21 February 2021
Image: Michael Cook [Livin’ the dream (Welcome Home)], 2020. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY.

Image: Michael Cook Livin’ the dream (Welcome Home), 2020. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY.


21 February 2021

Sunday, 3:30-4:30pm (AEST)

Michael Cook’s photographic works reinterpret Australian history and reframe entrenched narratives through the eyes of Indigenous Australians. Michael will be in conversation with Horsham Regional Art Gallery Curator Alison Eggleton to discuss his carefully choreographed images which reflect on notions of truth and identity, and consider how art and images shape history and cultural memory.

Free online event – booking required.


  • Michael Cook (AU)

    Michael Cook is a Brisbane-based photomedia artist of Bidjara heritage. He has forged a reputation as an artist with a significant vision. A survey exhibition of his work is currently on show at Ten Cubed, Malvern and his work was recently exhibited at MOPA, San Francisco in Defining Place/Space; NGV in Colony Frontier Wars; Cairns Art Gallery in Continental Drift; the Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve, Switzerland; National Gallery of Singapore; AAMU Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, The Netherlands; Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Cook’s work was included Personal Structures — Crossing Borders at Palazzo Mora during the 56th Venice Biennale; Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilization at The British Museum, London. Cook’s work has been acquired by institutions including the British Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Museum of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra.

  • Alison Eggleton (AU)

    Alison Eggleton is curator at Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Over the last 10 years Alison has worked with Australian artists, public galleries and large art institutions to deliver a variety of contemporary art exhibitions and public programs for the gallery. In 2018 she undertook a curatorial residency at Rimbun Dahan Art Residency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In-2019 she begun practice led research examining curatorial dialogue and exhibition making as frameworks for understanding approaches to the representation of race, trans-nationality and gender. She is currently undertaking a Master by Research at RMIT in curatorial practice in Australia. Recent exhibitions Alison has curated include Minstrel Kuik: She who has no self  for PHOTO 2020 and Megan Evans :Unstable 2021 both held at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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