Archie Moore / Australia QLD b.1970 / Sacred sights (The first intervention) 2008 / Folded book / 14 x 48 x 27cm / Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government’s Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund / © The artist / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Archie Moore
Sacred sights (The first intervention) 2008

Not Currently on Display

In this carefully crafted sculpture, Archie Moore communicates the effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people, in particular the introduction of Christianity. In his artwork, Moore draws on the experience of renowned Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira (1902–59) by creating a replica of the Lutheran Church that was built in Namatjira’s hometown of Hermannsburg.

Namatjira was celebrated as a great artist, but as an Aboriginal person he had few rights under the government legislation of the day. This work draws our attention to current government interventions into Aboriginal affairs, which continue to influence the lives of Aboriginal people.

Archie Moore lives and works in Brisbane. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology in 1998, and in 2001 was awarded a prestigious Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, enabling him to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

Moore’s diverse practice encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video. His work has featured in a number of major exhibitions including ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, in 2013.