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Portrait of Bungaree

colour screenprint hand-coloured with watercolour on 4 joined sheets
240.5 × 154.6 cm irreg. (image) 241.0 × 160.0 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
ed. 2/6
printed in relief (in image) l.c.: PORTRAIT of / BUNGAREE
inscribed in pencil l.l.: 2/6
inscribed in pink paint l.r.: Condorito 1996.
inscribed in pencil l.r.: Juan Davila 1991.
Accession Number
Australian Prints / Australian Prints & Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased from Admission Funds, 1992
Gallery location
Gallery 18
Level 3, NGV Australia
Using varied visual references and strategies of pastiche, Juan Davila’s work makes a complex commentary on social politics. Davila references both Australian and South American history, art and popular culture to explore the fluidity of identity in the wake of colonisation. This work makes reference to Bungaree, an Australian Aboriginal man who lived among white settlers in his Indigenous community; texts by the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss; and eighteenth-century Spanish depictions of the archangel as colonising conquistador. Davila manipulates various styles and genres to question the role of art in representation.