Home can mean a variety of things. It may denote a place of residence, an attachment to place or a sense of belonging. It is generally imbued with a feeling of comfort. For Aboriginal people, home may also be the country of their ancestors or their family.
This exhibition explores the idea of home through the works of Aboriginal artists who belong to nations and language groups that today fall within the area defined as New South Wales. All of these groups have felt the full force of colonisation, which will forever inform their notions of home.
The works included provide diverse interpretations of home, from childhood memories and personal insights into living conditions to land rights. Drawn mostly from the Gallery’s collection, they provide commentary on life in New South Wales for Aboriginal people, an alternative history that is specific to this place.