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Gail Mabo - House of Cards Catalogue

Gail Mabo - House of Cards Catalogue

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

Gail Mabo

House of Cards Catalogue

Gail Mabo's physical and metaphorical house of cards examines her home, her memories and her relationships with her family. The artist has recreated subsections of three homes - her childhood house, her mum's childhood house and her dad's childhood house. Viewers are granted an interactive and sensorial experience in which they can walk among Gail's memories and gain insights into her life.

House of Cards - Gail Mabo is an Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts (Umbrella) exhibition. It premiered at Umbrella in 2021. The exhibition was presented at Rockhampton Museum of Art from 29 October 2022 – 19 February 2023.

Gail Mabo is a multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installation, printmaking and painting.  Most recently Mabo has been experimenting with cast bronze, empowered by her 2021 residency at Urban Art Projects.  Her work often connects Torres Strait Islander Knowledge and political histories including that of her own family to manifest contemporary advocacy.  Storytelling and sharing Culture are important to her work.

In 2018 she co-curated the exhibition, Legacy: Reflections on Mabo. This exhibition premiered in Townsville her hometown and is on a four-year Australian tour. Her most recent exhibition, House of Cards, Mabo mined her personal and emotional archive to speak to the socio-political climate of three generations of powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  This immersive installation premiered at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in Townsville in 2021 and will tour to newly opened Rockhampton Museum of Art later this year.

In recent years she has been commissioned to create major new works for Tarnanthi and AGNSW.  Both commissions were subsequently collected.  Her work is also held in Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery Australia and Artbank among other collections of national significance.

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