Gordon Bennett is internationally acclaimed as one of Australia’s most significant and critically engaged contemporary artists. He is recognised for his powerful perspectives on the post colonial experience, particularly in the Australian context, with much of his work mapping alternative histories and questioning racial categorisations and stereotypes. Bennett regularly adopted the persona ‘John Citizen’ as a means of confronting the rhetoric of identity and the politics of categorisation in Australian art.
Select solo exhibitions: Outsider / Insider: The Art of Gordon Bennett, The Aboriginal Art Museum (AAMU), Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2012; Gordon Bennett: a survey, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 2007; The Expiation of Guilt, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK, 2007; History and Memory in the Art of Gordon Bennett, Brisbane City Gallery, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway, 1999.
Select group exhibitions: Berlin Biennale, Berlin, 2014; Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, 2012; Afterglow: Performance Art and Photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2010; Cubism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2009; Avoiding Myth and Message: Australian Artists and the Literary World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009; 16th Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions – forms that turn, Sydney, 2008; Three Colours: Gordon Bennett and Peter Robinson, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004; 12th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2000; The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1999.
It is the collapse of the conceptual gap between the binary opposites of self/other, civilized/savage, sophisticated/primitive, or perhaps more appropriately its gradual disintegration and my process of integration, that forms the substratum of my life and work.Gordon Bennett, The Manifest Toe