Occurrent Affair: Proppa Now

Laurie Nilsen, Dollar Dilemma Flag, 2020, digital print on textile. Installation view, OCCURRENT AFFAIR, UQ Art Museum, 2021. Reproduced courtesy of the artist estate and FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Carl Warner

Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective, proppaNOW, was set up in Brisbane in 2003 to give urban-based Aboriginal artists a voice. They present a unique and controversial perspective of black Australia which is sometimes confronting and always thought provoking.

The name proppaNOW best encapsulates the philosophy of what the collective is all about. They approach everything in a considered manner whilst providing a supportive environment for members to explore current social and cultural issues through art. The collective creates art that raises awareness of Aboriginal urban expression that depicts a contemporary story. They reinforce that Aboriginal Australia is a living culture that has evolved over time.

ARTISTS: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, Laurie Nilsen


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