Michael Riley

When: Thursday 10 May - Sunday 8 July

Where: Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery, MAMA

Price: FREE

Murray Art Museum Albury is very proud to exhibit the recently acquired photographic series, Flyblown by celebrated Kamilaroi / Wiradjuri artist, Michael Riley.

The nine images in Flyblown present an enigmatically powerful vision of the Australian landscape and the impacts of colonisation upon it and its first peoples. In moving between images of sky, rushes, water, cracked red earth, a dead galah, and a near-omnipresent Christian cross, Riley evokes a narrative of beauty, dispossession and death, resilience and sovereignty.  In the twenty years since the series was first shown, Flyblown has presented an articulation of Indigenous experience of Australia that holds as great an importance now as it did in 1998.

Presented in conjunction with Flyblown, is Riley’s film Empire. Produced at the same time as Flyblown, Empire presents a similar evocative narrative through the language of cinema. Empire stands as a vital marker of individual and cultural experience in a medium that has for decades inscribed so much of this country’s collective mythology.

Flyblown and Empire speak in the same visual language to an overlapping set of ideas. These works will be shown alongside a collection of Riley's documentary films, which allude to the great depth of Riley's artistic output. Together, the presentation seeks to celebrate a voice that is firmly embedded in this country's cultural psyche.

Michael Riley
Untitled, 1998
from the series Flyblown
chromogenic pigment print on Ilford Galerie (gloss) with Epson ultrachrome inks
Image courtesy The Michael Riley Foundation and The Commercial, Sydney / Copyright Agency, 2018.