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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived, 1988

Juno Gemes

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 51.0 cm x 60.8 cm, image: 31.8 cm x 44.0 cm)

Gary Foley (b. 1950) is an Indigenous activist and historian. He has written extensively on Indigenous political movements and maintains the Koori History Website, an intensive history archive and education resource. Born in Grafton, NSW of Gumbainggir descent, at seventeen Foley moved to Sydney. Not long after, he was strongly influenced by the biography of African-American human rights activist Malcolm X. Foley was instrumental in establishing Sydney’s Aboriginal Legal Service and Aboriginal Medical Service, and in 1972 he was prominent at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. He is an advocate of Indigenous creative culture and toured films on Aboriginal Australia to Europe in 1978. The first Indigenous Director of the Aboriginal Arts Board, he was Senior Curator for Southeastern Australia at Museum Victoria from 2001 to 2005. Since 2005 Foley has lectured and undertaken postgraduate research at the University of Melbourne.

Juno Gemes took this photograph at La Perouse, NSW on the Bicentennial Australia Day, 26 January 1988.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Juno Gemes

Accession number: 2004.156

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Juno Gemes (age 44 in 1988)

Gary Foley (age 38 in 1988)

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Activism

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Juno Gemes (19 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.