Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is political, and the work of urban-based artists engages with issues in intellectual, provocative and often humorous ways that can be confronting or more subtle. Statements regarding identity, community, country, racism and race relations, oppression and subjugation are artistically explored. History is retold from an Indigenous perspective by artists who have unearthed oral histories, excavated the archives and retelling and reinterpreting stories from the past.
Self-taught or professionally trained, city-based artists are not afraid to assert their point of view. Experimenting in various media, artists work across all art forms to convey their powerful message reinforcing that they have survived and are proud of their cultural heritage.