Brenda L Croft has had dual careers as both a photographer and curator. She was one of the founders of Boomalli in Redfern, and first came to prominence in the 1992 Biennale of Sydney. As a curator she was responsible for Beyond the Pale at the Adelaide Biennial in 2000 and Culture Warriors, the first Aboriginal art Triennial in 2007. Her photography is concerned with family, land and people.
Gurindji photographer and curator, Brenda L Croft was born in 1964 in Perth, Western Australia. In 1985 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography) from the Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney, and in 1995 she was awarded her Masters of Art Administration, from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
In 1987 Croft, along with nine other Indigenous artists, co-founded Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Sydney and in 1990 she became Boomalli’s General Manager. She held this position for the next six years. She has worked as a curator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Australia and in 2009 she began working as a lecturer at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
Croft has been included in a number of key exhibitions including 'Half Light: Portraits from Black Australia’ (2008) at the Art Gallery of NSW, 'Photgraphica Austalia’, ARCO Spanish International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid (2002) and 'Retake’, National Gallery of Australia (1998).
She is a five time finalist at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and her work is held in many public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
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