'Daniel Boyd: Bitter Sweet' at Cairns Art Gallery

23 June 2017

Daniel Boyd is mounting a solo show with the Cairns Art Gallery, in conjunction with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

‘Daniel Boyd: Bitter Sweet’ will be a collection of major works that trace the hidden history of slavery in Far North Queensland, resulting in 60,000 South Sea Islander people being taken to work in sugarcane plantations from the mid-1800s and early-1900s.  The exhibition examines narratives of the Pacific Islands as a ‘paradise’, and the life of Pacific Islanders in relation to slavery and the sugar cane industry, and the effect on descendants’ lives in Far North Queensland, including those of Boyd’s own ancestors.

Officially opening on 12 July, the exhibition will run from 24 June - 10 September. 

Image: Daniel Boyd Untitled (HL) 2014)