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Michael Riley

1960 – 2005

Michael Riley (1960 – 2004) a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man, photographer, film-maker and video-artist, is one of Australia’s most influential Indigenous contemporary artists. Born in Dubbo, Riley moved to Sydney in the late 1970s, setting aside his carpentry apprenticeship in 1982 and taking photography courses at Sydney University’s Tin Sheds Gallery and the Sydney College of the Arts. Riley and his work became integral to the emerging movement of Indigenous artists working in photography and new media. Riley was one of the nine co-founders of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Ko-operative (later Co-operative) in 1987. He exhibited in the ground-breaking Indigenous art exhibitions Koori Art '84’ at Artspace, Sydney and NADOC ’86 Exhibition of Aboriginal and Islander photographers at the Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Sydney.

Updated 2018