Illuminate Adelaide lights up the city this winter with Atong Atem at AGSA

Melbourne-based visual artist Atong Atem dives into the often-unrecognised histories of African migration in Australia in a stunning meditation on identity, colonisation and White Australia.

In a series of vivid moving portraits and tableaus, Banksia centres Black faces and identities amidst the familiar imagery of colony and native botany. Set to a score by composer Petra Salsjö, Atem poses deep, complex questions about how migration, identity and assimilation intersect on this southern continent — today as in the past.

Presented as part of Illuminate’s City Lights.

Commissioned by Illuminate Adelaide and RISING in partnership with the Neilson Foundation.

Commissioning Donor
  • Neilson Foundation