Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones, discusses his work Salt 2010 and Revolution 2010-2011, held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

As an installation artist, many of his works employ electric light to conceptually and literally illuminate issues relating to identity, race, family, community, Country and cross-cultural histories.

The floor talk was part of the National Gallery of Australia's NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week celebrations in 2015.

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Indigenous Art

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The art of contemporary Indigenous Australians takes many forms. Despite significant change and diversity, the art retains an underlying unity of inspiration—the land and the peoples' relationships with it. It is simultaneously connected to the past and…


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The art of contemporary Indigenous Australians takes many forms. Despite significant change and diversity, the art retains an underlying unity of inspiration—the land and the peoples' relationships with it. It is simultaneously connected to the past and engaged with the present, engaging with the world through actions which are lively, positive, political, social and creative.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection at the National Gallery of Australia comprises over 7500 works and is the largest in the world. These new gallery spaces allow much more of the collection to be seen with each one specifically designed for a different geographic region or aspect of Indigenous art and, where possible, paintings and sculptures are illuminated overhead by natural daylight, akin to the light in which the works were created.

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