Ideas of Barak 2010–11



Ah Kee investigates what we know and don't know about Wurundjeri artist and leader William Barak through his three part installation.

The first part of the installation is an audio–visual presentation of ideas focused on Barak’s country; the second is an Indigenous artists’ and curators’ discussion of the compelling story of Barak presented in five channel video; the third is Ah Kee’s constructed idea of Barak, a large, powerful charcoal portrait; a moving personal reflection of this complex and pivotal Wurundjeri man.

Ah Kee’s Ideas of Barak is displayed in the multimedia room of the Indigenous Galleries at NGV Australia. You can watch a video of Ah Kee talking about his work here.


Vernon Ah Kee
Kuku Yalanji/Yidinyi/Waanyi born 1967
Ideas of Barak 2010–11
charcoal on canvas; 5 channel video installation
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 2011
© Vernon Ah Kee


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