Warakurna Superheroes

01 March - 24 March
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Image: Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Lawson, Warakurna Superheroes #1, 2017.

The real-life superheroes of the remote Northern Territory.


01 March - 24 March


Birrarung Lightboxes [i]
Southbank Promenade, Southbank
24 hrs


Indigenous Futures


Wheelchair access



Warakurna Superheroes was developed by Tony Albert and David C Collins in collaboration with children from a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. The children made their own props and costumes, dressing up as superheroes and Star Wars characters, and posing against the dramatic outback landscapes of their hometown, Warakurna. Albert utilises popular culture to connect with, give power to and inject love and appreciation into people who sometimes feel forgotten by the rest of Australia.

“Superheroes might fly or become invisible, but in our own communities, what about helping our elders, or retaining culture?” asks Tony Albert. “That can be a superpower in its own right. Superheroes also have a powerful connection to Aboriginal culture and our stories of creation. We have incredible people and animals who did these amazing things in terms of land formation and our Dreaming.”

Tony Albert and David C Collins collaborated with Kieran Lawson, Renisha Ward-Yates, Kieran Smythe-Jackson and Brittany Malbunka Reid in making these works.

Curated by PHOTO Australia Commissioned by Photo Australia and the City of Melbourne

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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.

01–24 March