Vernon Ah Kee
Ah Kee’s work has been exhibited in a number of significant national and international exhibitions, including ‘Revolutions: Forms that turn’, the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008); ‘Once Removed’, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2009); ‘Ideas of Barack’, National Gallery of Victoria (2011); ‘Tall Man’, Gertrude Contemporary (2011); ‘Everything Falls Apart’, Artspace Sydney (2012); ‘unDisclosed’: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial’, National Gallery of Australia (2012); ‘My Country: I Still Call Australia Home’, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (2013); and ‘Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art’, National Gallery of Canada (2013).
In 2015, Ah Kee was invited by curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to present a new body of work as part of ‘SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms’, the 14th Istanbul Biennial and participated in a series of significant public programs as part of the opening weekend of the exhibition. Other recent exhibitions include ‘Imaginary Accord’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); ‘GOMA Q’, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); ‘When Silence Falls’, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015-16); ‘Encounters’, National Museum of Australia (2015-16); ‘Brutal Truths’, Griffith University Art Gallery (2015-16); and ‘Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia’, Harvard Art Museums (2016).
Dark and Disturbing is a curatorial project that reflects Vernon’s origins as a screen-printer in Cairns in the mid-1980s.
Vernon was born in Innisfail, North Queensland, and is based in Brisbane, Queensland. He is represented by Milani Gallery.