# 29027

FOLEY, Fiona (1964 - )

Wild Times Call 2001

$14,000.00 AUD

The complete suite of seven Type C photographs, edition number 4/10, each signed, dated, numbered and inscribed with title verso. Framed in museum timber.

‘Fiona Foley is Badtjala and an influential curator, writer and academic as well as an internationally recognised artist. Foley pursues a diverse artistic practice encompassing painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed-media work, found objects and installation. Foley examines and dismantles historical stereotypes and her works explore a broad range of themes that relate to politics, culture, ownership, language and identity. From proudly asserting her Badtjala womanhood in 1994 (Badtjala Woman and Native Blood), Foley went on to assume the mantles of peoples from other nations: American Seminole dress in Wild Times Call (1994), a radical inversion of Ku Klux Klan robes in the Hedonistic Honky Haters series (2004), and an Islamic woman’s burqa in Nulla 4 Eva (2009). Her manoeuvres are not only intended to sidestep stereotypes and unsettle expectations of the Aboriginal artist, but also to signal affiliations with international First Nation peoples and their shared concerns.’ – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney https://www.mca.com.au/artists-works/artists/fiona-foley/

In Wild times call, one of Foley’s most critically acclaimed series of photographs, the artists inserts herself within the image, in this case dressed in the traditional clothing of the Seminole people in southern Florida. There is an uneasy familiarity to the works, we are accustomed to seeing dark skin in traditional dress, but in this case the subject (Foley) has no personal connection to the Seminole culture. The artist addresses a number of topics with this cultural appropriation, styled in the manner of vintage prints from another era, including the props such as a canoe and dress. Does the view see an individual in such ethnographical portraits, or just a representation of a little known culture? Are there shared or universal experiences felt by first nation cultures in different parts of the world? Can a black woman step outside her cultural heritage and step into another one, or does hers follow with her? Inspired by a fashion shoot published in Oprah Winfrey’s ‘O magazine in September 2000, Wild Times Call raises questions about ethnic identity which are constantly facing indigenous people in Australia and other cultures internationally.



102.0 x 83.0 cm (image) 123.5 x 103.0 cm (frame) (1)

83.0 x 102.0 cm (image) 104.5 x 121.0 cm (frame) (2)

83.0 x 102.0 cm (image) 104.5 x 121.0 cm (frame) (3)

83.0 x 102.0 cm (image) 104.5 x 121.0 cm (frame) (4)

83.0 x 102.0 cm (image) 104.5 x 121.0 cm (frame) (5)

102.0 x 83.0 cm (image) 123.5 x 103.0 cm (frame) (6)

83.0 x 102.0 cm (image) 104.5 x 121.0 cm (frame) (7)



Forbidden. Fiona Foley. Sydney : Museum of Contemporary Art / Brisbane : University of Queensland Art Museum, 2009, pp. 19 – 29 (illustrated – this example)

Over the fence : Contemporary Indigenous photography from the Corrigan Collection. Brisbane : University of Queensland Art Museum, 2016, p. 26 – 29 (illustrated – this example)



Niagara Gallery, Melbourne (labels attached verso)

Patrick Corrigan AM Collection, Sydney

on long-term loan to the University of Technology, Sydney, January 2015 – November 2020


Selected exhibition history:

River of Corn, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, USA, 2001 (another example)

Fiona Foley. Wild Times Call, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 13 March – 6 April 2002

Your place or Mine. Fiona Foley Simryn Gill, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 11 September – 12 October 2002

Fiona Foley : Forbidden, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 19 February – 2 May, 2020 (this example)

Fiona Foley : Forbidden, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 12 November 2009 – 31 January 2010 (this example)

Contemporary Indigenous photography from the Corrigan Collection, 6 August to 30 October, 2016 (this example)

An Unorthodox Flow of Images, CCP, Melbourne, 30 September – 12 November 2017, cat. 106 (another example)

Fiona Foley : Who are these strangers and where are they going? Sydney, National Art School Gallery, 9 January – 8 February, 2020 (another example)