The Mission: Michael Cook

21 October 2022 - 30 April 2023

Michael Cook - The Mission

Michael Cook
The Mission (Typical Aboriginal Picaninny) 2011
inkjet print, 124 x 100 cm
Tweed Regional Gallery Collection. Donated by the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2016
©The Artist

The Mission: Michael Cook traces the journey of an Aboriginal woman from her homeland to a Christian mission where she arrives in handcuffs. There, she is introduced to Western clothing, food rations, tobacco, and a husband. Her baby is stolen following a Christian wedding. In the final image she is represented returning to her Country, which the artist says is a symbol of ‘the hope for a future in which the resilience and dreams of Aboriginal people remain unbroken against the odds.’