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Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Toby Albert

‘Native Home,’ 2019, continues Toby Albert’s series of large-scale word-images that use text as a provocative device to examine the historical representation of Aboriginal people and culture. Drawing upon personal and collective histories that tell a story of the legacies of colonialism, Albert questions how we understand, imagine and construct difference. Certain political themes and visual motifs resurface across his oeuvre, including thematic representations of the ‘outsider’ and ‘Aboriginalia,’ a term the artist coined to describe kitschy objects and images - ashtrays, teal towels, cross-stitch and other domestic and tourist artifacts that feature naive portrayals of Aboriginality. Albert’s technique and imagery are distinctly contemporary, displacing traditional Australian Aboriginal aesthetics with a kind of urban conceptuality.

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Artist

Toby Albert

Date

Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2019

Location

Art Basel, Hong Kong

Contact

www.artbasel.com

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Installation view of Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Toby Albert

Art Basel, Hong Kong

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Installation view of Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Toby Albert

Art Basel, Hong Kong

Artists

Toby Albert