• Michael Riley

    Art Gallery of New South Wales

    By the time of his death in 2004, at the age of forty-four, Michael Riley was one of the leading proponents of identity politics in Australian art. A documentary photographer and filmmaker who saw himself as Aboriginal first and as an artist second, Riley aimed to create images that would counter media stereotypes of indigenous Australia. In the past—and, scarily enough, often today—these stereo- types tended to present indigenous people as anonymous figures somehow surviving in flyblown dust bowls. Riley, by contrast, made portraits and lush landscape imagery that celebrated everyday life in

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