Fiona Foley: Forbidden

19 February – 2 May 2010

Fiona Foley: Forbidden is the first major exhibition to survey the work of this leading Australian artist. Her diverse artistic practice has, over the past 15 years, encompassed photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, installation and public art. With a history of exhibitions featuring uncompromising titles such as No shades of white and Lick my black art, Foley’s work traces the ongoing significance of Australia’s colonial histories. Individual works explore a broad range of themes that relate to frontier violence, race relations, sexuality, and the history of opium in Queensland.

Fiona Foley: Forbidden is presented by the UQ Art Museum in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Curators: Michele Helmrich, Rachel Kent and Christine Morrow

Exhibition Tour

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 12 November 2009 – 31 January 2010
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 19 February – 2 May 2010


View the publication Fiona Foley: Forbidden here


  • Fiona Foley: Forbidden Learning Resource [1.7MB] available here
  • Watch or download MP4 Fiona Foley MCA Artist Voice Series [113MB] here
  • Listen to or download MP3 Invisible Histories Panel Discussion 20 February, 2010 [65.8MB] here
  • Listen to or download MP3 ABC Radio National Off the Shelf with Fiona Foley 22 February, 2010 here


View 'Forbidden art on show at UQ' here


This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland 

Fiona Foley 1964
photography: Dennis Cowley
HHH #1 2004
Ultrachrome print on paper, edition 6/15
76 x 101 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2008
Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane