Under assimilation policies that spanned colonial contact to the mid-20th century, sovereign Aboriginal women and girls were exploited as a labour force. Disconnected from family and Country they served in white households and institutions as nannies, cooks, cleaners and wet nurses – often underpaid or not paid at all. Featuring historical and contemporary work Sovereign sisters speaks to this collective experience shedding light on narratives that are at the forefront of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s struggle for equality, recognition and justice.
A Flinders University Museum of Art exhibition presented in association with Tarnanthi Festival and Vitalstatistix.
Artists: Paola Balla, Destiny Deacon, Julie Dowling, D Harding, Natalie Harkin, Leah King-Smith, Tracey Moffatt, Clinton Naina, r e a, Yhonnie Scarce, Ellen Trevorrow and Unbound Collective.
Curators: Ali Gumillya Baker with Madeline Reece