Michael Cook

Michael Cook


Born Brisbane 1968

Lives and works Brisbane


Michael Cook is a Brisbane-based photomedia artist of Bidjara heritage. Through his photography, he develops speculative histories of Australia in which colonial stories and images are inverted, often cultivating the appearance of earlier photographic technologies and prints in his work. He is a highly skilled photographer, his artistic practice having been preceded by over twenty-five years’ experience as a freelance commercial photographer.


Cook’s recent significant solo exhibitions include: Mother, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, 2016; Undiscovered, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 2015; Through My Eyes, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra, 2014; and Hear no... See no... Speak no..., Queensland Centre for Photography at Depot Gallery, Sydney, 2013. He has participated in numerous major group exhibitions including: Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation, British Museum, London, 2015; Lifelines, Musée de la Civilisation, Quebec City, 2015; Personal Structures, Palazzo Mora, Venice, during the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015; 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2014; 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2013.