Indigenous Artist – Australia Venice Biennial, Writer, Curator
Born in 1964, Brenda L Croft is a curator, lecturer and freelance writer from the Victoria River region of the Northern Territory of Australia. She also shares a connection to Anglo-Australian, German, Irish and Chinese heritage. Croft works closely with family, friends and Indigenous community members. She maintains engagements with patrilineal family and community members of Gurindji-affiliated communities. She is known to showcase the strong individual photographs of people and places, highlighting a positive image of urban indigenous communities and presenting the community from an insider’s point of view.
Since 1998, Croft has applied digital media to create images layering photographs and text, exploring more directly autobiographical subject matters. Her cross-disciplinary led research focuses on critical performative Indigenous auto-ethnography, representation and identity, Indigenous Storying and creative narratives, installation, multimedia and multi-platform work, personal and public archives, memory, and memorialisation.
Croft's works are exhibited in numerous major public and private collections locally and globally. Presently, she is an Associate Professor, Indigenous Art History and Curatorship Centre for Art History and Art Theory, College of Arts & Social Sciences, Australian National University. She is also an Adjunct Fellow with the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design Australia, where she is completing her doctoral research. In addition to working at the Australian National University, Croft is a practising artist, independent writer and consultant.