Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld


Brook Andrew

Artist - Australian artist challenging dominant narratives with Indigenous knowledge systems

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Brook Andrew
Photo: Giacomo Sanzani

This year the Wiradjuri and Celtic Australian artist, writer and curator added dramatist to his CV, premiering what he called ‘posttraumatic theatre’. GABAN opened at Gropius Bau in Berlin and explored the site of an anthropology museum – and the inevitable links to colonialism, cultural expropriation, violence and cultural subjugation – through a series of ‘Powerful Objects’: characters based on objects commonly found in Western museum collections. Ahead of a restaging at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the play’s themes were unpacked further in a solo exhibition of photographic works at the city’s Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Andrew had other solos elsewhere in Australia, plus Toronto and Paris). Moreover, the legacy of the Biennale of Sydney Andrew curated in 2020 lives on in the huge visibility granted to Australian indigenous art and the idea that an art exhibition might provide something of a reckoning for local historic injustice (not least in the forthcoming Liverpool Biennial, in which Andrew features).

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