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Brook Andrew

Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. Through museum and archival interventions, he aims to offer alternate versions of forgotten histories; illustrating different means for interpreting history in the world today.

Brook Andrew travels internationally to work with communities and private and public collections to create large-scale immersive exhibitions. His aim is to present, experiment with and activate alternative narratives for interpreting the world, both individually and collectively, by expanding and re-framing history. In 2014, he worked closely with the collections of the Museo Nacional Centrode Arte Reina Sofia, Museo de América and Museo Nacionalde Antropología in Madrid for the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge curated by WHW at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. He created a rigorous, immersive installation titled A Solid Memory of the Forgotten Plains of our Trash and Obsessions which reflected on Spanish, British and Australian history and colonialism.

Brook Andrew was awarded an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2011 and in 2017 was the recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship focusing on comparative frontier wars of the United States of America and Australia. In 2017, he was appointed Photography Residencies Laureate at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, presenting new work that investigated the relationship between the colonial photographer and the sitter. He recently completed a year-long Australia Council International Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin where he reflected on the complexity of memory sites in Germany. 

Current research projects include an international three-year Federal Government Australian Research Council grant Representation, Remembrance and the Monument. This project is designed to respond to calls for memorialisation of Australian Indigenous loss in Australia during Frontier Wars from 1788 to the 1930s. It will culminate in an international forum which will address how architects can work with local communities in addressing trauma and memory.

Most recently Brook presented What’s Left Behind, a new commission for SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement at the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018).  In 2017, projects included Ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik, an interrogation of the Van Abbemuseum archives in Holland. Brook also created an intervention into the collection of the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland; and The Right to Offend is Sacred, a 25-year reflection on his practice, opened at the National Gallery of Victoria. 

Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries Melbourne; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.


The Cell, 2010. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2010. Photo: Roger D'Souza. 
The Cell, 2010. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2010. Photo: Roger D'Souza.  / Brook Andrew