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wax and cotton rope and drawing pins on tie-dyed cotton on composition board
(a-pp) 149.2 × 204.4 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Hobart, Tasmania
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Gabrielle Pizzi, Member, 1995
© Julie Gough
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

In her work Imperial leather, Indigenous Australian artist Julie Gough makes an uncompromising statement about the symbolic power of the flag in the European colonisation of her people's country.

Gough examines the oppressive and discriminating policies that have afflicted people since British Invasion. Here, 41 waxen trophy heads hang like soaps on ropes or nooses. They refer to whitening through assimilation. The Union Jack suggests white invasion and control of Aboriginal people. Australia is still enmeshed in dialogues of invasion, control and the silencing of the original owners.