2001 – Engagement with Indigenous Australians and their Cultures

Gallois’ deeper engagement and interest in Indigenous Australians and their culture was kindled by the music of Archie Roach. His album ‘Charcoal Lane’, and in particular his song ‘Native Born‘ challenged Gallois to start seeing Australia – in all its forms – from Indigenous perspectives. As a homage to Roach’s song, in 2001, Gallois created the work Native Born for the National Sculpture Prize that took place at the National Gallery of Australia. The artist statement for Native Born remains an important early articulation of Gallois’ interest in Indigenous perspectives and issues.

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