14 November 2023
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is honoured to announce the opening of a joint exhibition with the Embassy of Mexico and the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI). Titled 'Dialogues of Resilience: Portraits of Mexican and Australian First Nations Peoples', 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.
The exhibition will take place 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. Visitors can experience the rich diversity and dynamism of Mexico and Australia’s First Nations peoples, their cultures, heritage, and artistic expression.
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.
“Our story as the First Nations peoples of Australia and Mexico is the story of strength, resilience, and diversity” commented Leonard Hill, Interim CEO, AIATSIS.
“This exhibition is a reminder of the interconnectedness of Indigenous cultures globally, and the importance of organisations such as AIATSIS and INPI, working together to preserve and promote the invaluable contributions of our First Nations peoples' ways of knowing, being and doing."
For media inquiries, interviews, or further information, please contact:
Commsmedia@aiatsis.gov.au or +61 476 843 522
About the Embassy of Mexico
The Embassy of Mexico represents the interests of Mexico and Mexicans in the Commonwealth of Australia, and, concurrently, in the Republic of Fiji, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu, and its mission is to promote political, economic, commercial, cultural, science and technology relations and cooperation with the governments and citizens of Australia.