How Indigenous art shadows the Enlightenment museum

Thursday 13 May, 6.30pm
A multidisciplinary panel discussion exploring Daniel Boyd’s installation and the idea of darkness as a form of Indigenous resistance.

Join artist Daniel Boyd and a multidisciplinary panel for a discussion exploring Boyd’s installation Pediment/Impediment, the inaugural contemporary art project in the Penelope Gallery. 

Throughout his practice, Daniel Boyd often works with archives and museum collections as source material to create his vision of decolonisation. Over a period of months, Boyd researched the Chau Chak Wing Museum’s various collections, eventually selecting a group of 19th century plaster casts from the Nicholson Collection of antiquities. Veiled in pinpoints of light, the installation employs the idea of darkness as a form of Indigenous resistance to counter the power of Enlightenment ideas and western civilisation.


  • Daniel Boyd, artist
  • Erin Vink, Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Michael Mossman, Lecturer in Architecture, Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning
  • Professor Peter Wilson, Department of Classics and Ancient History.
  • Chair: Dr Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University Art Collection. 

Watch the recording

Featured image )top of page): Daniel Boyd, Pediment/Impediment, installation view, 2020. Contemporary Art Project #1, Penelope Gallery, Chau Chak Wing Museum.