I’m Tony and I am a visual artist that works with lots of different materials. My work often explores how little Aboriginal people are seen across the news, in books and the visual world. I want people to think about how we remember, respect, and rewrite the things that happened in our country, where not everyone has been treated the same.
For Fambo Slo-Mo, I played with ideas of ‘Love’, ‘Peace’ and Alien’.
The UFOs descended on a lucky class at Alexandria Park Community School on Gadigal land for Tony Albert‘s workshop Love & Peace & Alien.
Kids were encouraged to dream beyond the boundaries of the known universe and working with simple materials create alien figures and drawings from their imagination.
Having an opportunity to consider what it means to be an outsider, whether it be from a galaxy far far away or a little closer to home, created a space for conversation and creativity within the classroom. Special thanks to Principal Diane Fetherston and the staff at Alexandria Park for being so welcoming of this first Fambo in-school!
You can join in the fun at home with our Fambo activity sheets.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TONY
Who is in your family?
I come from a big family. My mum and dad had families with seven and eight children so I have many aunties, uncles and cousins. In the Aboriginal community family does not just represent immediate relatives. They can be related by marriage, language and respect. I believe there are many ways a family can exist.
How do you get the ideas for what you want to make?
As an artist I get ideas from things that happen to me in my life. I also watch the TV and read a lot about what is happening in the world. I like to make art that talks about issues that are important to me.
Do you believe in aliens?
I love Aliens, They are so cool! They come from many places all over the universe. One day I hope to go for a ride in their spaceships and see more of the universe.
YOU CAN ASK ME A QUESTION
Fambo acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waterways on which we raise our children and make work.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present and to the generations of families who have gathered on this land for over 65,000 years.
Indigenous sovereignty was never ceded and resistance to ongoing colonisation continues.
Fambo Slo-Mo acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands and waterways on which we live,
raise our children and make work; The Gadigal, Wangal, Darug, Wurundjeri, and Dharwaral people.
We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
We thank and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, staff and families contributing to this project.
Fambo Slo-Mo is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the NSW Government through Create NSW