A major new contemporary art exhibition, Julie Gough: Tense Past opens at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) tonight as part of this year’s Dark Mofo festival.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of Dark Mofo and I am delighted that TMAG has once again been able to join forces with the festival, bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Julie Gough’s powerful work to the attention of a broader audience.

Tense Past explores the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s first people—then and now.

An artist of national significance, this important exhibition features some of Gough’s best artworks including sculpture, sound and video installations, as well as new site-specific works that engage with artefacts drawn from major collections across the country.

A separate part of the exhibition, Missing or Dead, will also feature as part of Dark Path, which opens at the Queens Domain next week.

TMAG will open its doors after dark during the festival, with audiences able to explore Tense Past on Friday and Saturday nights across both weekends of Dark Mofo.

For more information, visit www.tmag.tas.gov.au.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts