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AIATSIS is honoured to announce the opening of ‘Dialogues of resilience: Portraits of Mexican and Australian First Nations Peoples’, a joint exhibition with the Embassy of Mexico, and Mexico’s National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI).

This unique exhibition features a diverse range of portraits and artefacts generously provided by the Embassy of Mexico and the INPI on a short-term loan to AIATSIS alongside a carefully curated collection of images and items from the AIATSIS vaults.

Visitors can expect to experience an inspiring and emotive display of personal portraits supported by beautiful textiles, and significant artefacts. Each piece holds a story and is a testament to the vibrant cultural heritage of the First Peoples of Mexico and Australia.

The collaboration between AIATSIS, the Mexican Embassy and INPI seeks to foster deep cultural exchange, understanding, and celebrate the resilience and vibrancy of First Nations peoples and cultures globally.

The exhibition is open from 13 November to 12 December 2023 at AIATSIS, Canberra and is open to the public for viewing from 10 am to 2 pm weekdays.

This event has now concluded.

10.00 am - 2.00 pm weekdays

Maraga, 51 Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton ACT 2601

The statue of Xiuhtecutli, the Aztec God of Fire, is an exquisite basalt sculpture that embodies the rich mythological and spiritual beliefs of the Aztec civilization. Xiuhtecutli was revered as the keeper of the sacred fire and was central to agricultural and ceremonial practices.

Huipil from the state of Oaxaca: traditional garment worn by indigenous women in southern Mexico.The huipil is a traditional tunic that is worn by indigenous women both for the everyday and for special occasions such as weddings. 


Last updated: 13 November 2023