Josh Muir acquired by NGV

Published by: Erin Kinley | 23-Jun-2016
MARS is proud to announce the National Gallery of Victoria has acquired five works from Josh Muir's 'STILL HERE' series. 'Still Here' tells the story of Victoria before and after white settlement. Josh's depiction of the arrival of white man and the mistreatment of our first people is unashamedly honest, his street-inspired vignettes confront the viewer head-on, leaving us nowhere to hide from the atrocities of our past and present. However, there is redemption (we are 'still here' the artist iterates) and overwhelmingly there is hope. This series was the basis for Josh Muir's 'White Night' projection on the facade of the NGV. Asked to describe the feeling of having his work acquired by the NGV at just 24 years of age, Josh responded simply, "One Word, HONOUR" 'STILL HERE' is now showing at MARS Gallery until 25 June.
Venue: MARS
Address: 7 James St, Windsor, VIC 3181
Date: 25-Jun
Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Ticket: Free
In 2015 Muir was the recipient of the Telstra National Indigenous and Torres Straight Islander Art Award "“ Youth award and the Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship, through which he is currently undertaking a 12-month residency at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Muir's work has also been acquired by the Koorie Heritage Trust, the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

"I am a proud Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara man, I hold my culture strong to my heart and it gives me a voice and great sense of my identity. I look around I see empires built on aboriginal land, I cannot physically change or shift this, though I can make the most of my culture in a contemporary setting and my art projects reflect my journey." "“ Josh Muir

Josh Muir will be at MARS Gallery this Saturday 25 June at 3pm for a special Artist In Conversation event on the final day of his current solo exhibition 'STILL HERE'.

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