Parsons The New School. Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, New York
22 October - 13 December 2017
Künstlerhaus Bethanien residency, Berlin
On residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, in Berlin, Brook is researching the representation of Australian Indigenous loss by learning from German memorials relating to genocide and fascism. This project is motivated by the lack of memorials to the frontier wars in Australia where in-numerous first peoples were murdered and in the aftermath - cultural genocide. This work does not compare historical traumas but investigates the methods of display: how have artists, architects, communities and institutions in Germany and surrounding Europe made traumatic histories visible in the public sphere?
Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF), Washington, DC
Brook is researching the National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, part of his Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF). The extensive collection on ethnology, field-notes, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, film and video in these archives, extends Brook's current and past research, specifically at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge; and the Anthropology Department Collection, University of Vienna. By working with these collections Brook's intention is to discover new images, video and sound recordings that many Aboriginal people in Australia have not seen before and at times cannot be found in Australian collections.