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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.

Senator Aden Ridgeway, 2003

Juno Gemes

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 50.6 cm x 61.0 cm, image: 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm)

Aden Ridgeway (b. 1962), was the only Aboriginal member of Federal Parliament during his time in office. He became the Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats and served as a a senator for New South Wales from 1999, when he made his stirring first speech calling for national reconciliation to 2005. A man of the Gumbayynggir people, brought up by his mother, aunts and grandmother, he was a regional councillor for the ATSIC Sydney region and Executive Director of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council before he was elected to the Senate. Some Aboriginal leaders have criticised Ridgeway's willingness to negotiate on Aboriginal issues. However, many others have welcomed the politically moderate tactics he has adopted to keep the wheels of the reconciliation debate in motion.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2005.73

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Juno Gemes (age 59 in 2003)

Aden Ridgeway (age 41 in 2003)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Juno Gemes (19 portraits)

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes

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Portraits from The Movement 1978-2003

Previous exhibition, 2003

Portraits from The Movement is the first comprehensive survey of photographs from the Juno Gemes archive, which has supported the Aboriginal struggle for justice in Australia from 1978 to the present day.

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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.