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Archie Moore will transform the Australia Pavilion in Venice with his artwork that immerses the viewer in personal and universal stories by reflecting on Australia’s 254 year history within the 65,000+ year context of his Aboriginal family heritage.

The phrase ‘kith and kin’ simply means friends and family but an earlier Old English definition for Kith dates from the 1300s and originally meant ‘countrymen’ (kith also meant ‘one’s native land’) and Kin: ‘family members’. These words gradually took on the present looser sense: friends and family. Many Indigenous Australians, especially those who grew up on Country, see the land and other living things as part of their kinship system – the land itself can be a mentor, teacher, parent to a child.

“I was interested in the phrase as it aptly describes the artwork in the Pavilion, but I was also interested in the Old English meaning of the words as it feels more like a First Nations understanding of attachment to place, people and time.”

Archie Moore

Archie Moore / Fredrick Noel Clevens in kith and kin 2024 / Digitally altered found photograph / Australia Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2024 / Graphic design work: Žiga Testen and Stuart Geddes / © the artist / Courtesy: the artist and The Commercial

Archie Moore and Ellie Buttrose are the artist and curator commissioned by Creative Australia to exhibit at the Australia Pavilion for the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Creative Australia is the commissioner for Australia’s National Participation at the Venice Biennale 2024 and the producer of the Australia at the Venice Biennale project.

Image courtesy of Creative Australia. Photo: Rhett Hammerton.

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Artistic Team Announcement: Weds 8 Feb 2024

Kamilaroi/Bigambul artist Archie Moore (b. 1970, Toowoomba) works across media in conceptual, research-based portrayals of self and national histories. His ongoing interests include key signifiers of identity (skin, language, smell, home, genealogy, flags), the borders of intercultural understanding and misunderstanding and the wider concerns of racism.

Recent solo exhibitions by Archie include: Pillors of Democracy, Cairns Art Gallery, 2023; Dwelling (Victorian Issue) 2022, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; The Colour Line: Archie Moore & W.E.B. Du Bois 2021, University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney; and Archie Moore 1970–2018 2018, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane. Significant recent group exhibitions comprise: Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia 2022, National Gallery of Singapore; Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art 2022, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; UN/LEARNING AUSTRALIA 2021, Seoul Museum of Art; Indigenous Art Triennial 2017, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The National: New Australian Art 2017, Carriageworks, Sydney; and Biennale of Sydney 2016, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. In 2018, Archie’s United Neytions was permanently installed at Sydney Airport’s International Terminal.

Archie’s artworks are held in major public collections across Australia including: Artbank; Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Murray Art Museum Albury; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Newcastle Art Gallery; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; and University of Sydney; and University of Technology Sydney.

Archie Moore is represented by The Commercial, Sydney.

How aesthetic debates inform the political imaginary is the subject of Ellie Buttrose’s curatorial projects and critical writing.

Ellie is the Curator of Contemporary Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. With Katina Davidson, Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, she co-curated Embodied Knowledge 2022 that featured the centrepiece commission Inert State 2022 by Archie Moore. Ellie recently curated: Living Patterns 2023 focused on artists who deploy abstraction as a formal and a political device; Work, Work, Work 2019 about the entwinement of civic and artistic labour; and Limitless Horizon: Vertical Perspective 2017, which rethought the impact of drone vision on contemporary art via the birds’-eye view paintings of Indigenous Australian songlines and the floating perspective found in Chinese and Japanese landscape painting traditions. Ellie is a member of the curatorial team for The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 2024, 2021 and 2018.

In 2020, 2019 and 2018, Ellie was a guest curator for the Brisbane International Film Festivals; she curated Material Place: Reconsidering Australian Landscapes 2019 at University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney, which considered how experiments with artistic media reflect changing attitudes towards the environment; and served on the curatorium for Cosmopolis: Collective Intelligence 2017 at Centre Pompidou, Paris, that showcased artistic practices centred on knowledge sharing and the development of social fabric.

Venice Ambassadors 

Robert Morgan (Chair) 

Alexandra Dimos 

Russell James OAM 

Marie-Louise Theile 

Alenka Tindale 

Dr Terry Wu 

Venice Visionaries 

Anthony and Clare Cross  

Paul and Samantha Cross  

Robert and Vanessa Morgan 

Theresia and Kevin Spencer 

Venice Patrons 

Jo Horgan and Peter Wetenhall 

Russell James OAM and Ali Franco 

Neilson Foundation 

Nunn Dimos Foundation 

Penelope Seidler AM 

Alenka Tindale 

Dr Terry Wu and Dr Melinda Tee 

Venice Companions 

The Calile Hotel 

Sarah and Berkeley Cox 

The Keir Foundation 

Annabel Myer and Rupert Myer AO 

Greg Paramor AO and Kerry Paramor 

Marie-Louise Theile

Marita Onn and John Tuck 

Morgans Foundation 

Frank Pollio 

Venice Supporters 

Andy Dinan and Mario Lo Giudice  

Anton Andreacchio and Emily Small 

Anonymous, in memory of Harold Blair AM 

Armitstead ART Consulting  

T Bruessel and Chr Lawin Bruessel 

Cassandra Cadden  

James Darling AM and Lesley Forwood  

Rachel Griffiths AM and Andrew Taylor 

Pam and David McKee AO 

Zoe Miller and Michael Tomlinson  

John and Angela Nicolaides  

Elizabeth Pakchung 

Beverley Rowbotham and Frank Tomlinson  

Bernard Ryan and Michael Rowe 

Fiona Sinclair 

The Spinifex Trust  

The Tai Family 

Venice Friends 

Anonymous Donors 

Paul and Wendy Bonnici 

Nicole Bracken

Stephen Chorley

Dr Paul Eliadis AM

Alina Golovachenko

Sarah Hetherington

Mary McCarter 

Anne Reynolds 

Nicholas Smith 

Sarah Slattery  

Jacqui Strecker 

Matthew Tobin 

Judy and David Tynan 

Peter Walker and Caroline Webber 

Claire Watson 

Exhibition Partner 

BVN Architecture 

University of Queensland Art Museum 

Public Programming Partner 


Fondazione Querini Stamplia

Education Partner

University of Melbourne

State and territory Partners


Arts NT, Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities  

Arts Queensland  

Arts South Australia, Department of Premier and Cabinet  

Arts Tasmania  

Create NSW  

Culture and the Arts (WA), Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries  

Creative Victoria 

On Thursday 1 February 224, La Biennale di Venezia announced the participation of Marlene Gilson and Naminapu Maymuru-White as part of Foreigners Everywhere – Stranieri Ovunque, curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

The two First Nations artists will present significant bodies of work, Saturday 20 April – Sunday 24 November, supported by Creative Australia investment.

Gilson and Maymuru-White will join Archie Moore and Ellie Buttrose in Venice as the artist and curator commissioned by Creative Australia to exhibit at the Australia Pavilion.

Read the media release.