There is something hypnotic and at the same time slightly unsettling when experiencing Australian interdisciplinary artist Brook Andrew’s large-scale installations and videos for the first time. They are historical “Iconoclashes”.
He creates assemblages that seem to follow a pre-determined logic that is carefully embedded into his work and that seems to operate on various ends of history at once.
Brook Andrew is first and foremost an avid collector and archivist of historical artefacts, aiming to repair and broaden the representation of Aboriginal history. His growing archive of photographs, postcards, objects and written records serve like a toolbox, geared to de-stabilise the dominant colonial Australian narrative.
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This project was supported through a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, and the Australia Council residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

SMASH IT, 2018. 28 minutes. Video art work by Brook Andrew. Edited by Brook Andrew and Giacomo Sanzani

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