Dr. Ryan Presley (PhD) was born in 1987 in Alice Springs. His father’s family is Marri Ngarr and originate from the Moyle River region in the Northern Territory. He currently lives and works in Brisbane. His art practice is a reflection of his locale, which he audits and critiques. In doing so, Presley mounts a larger inquiry that interrogates the articulations of power.
Presley’s work has been acquired by the University of Queensland, Murdoch University, Griffith Artworks and the Museum of Brisbane. In 2015 his essay Debt was published in Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University (University of Queensland Press). In 2016 he was invited to contribute an essay to the exhibition catalogue for UQAM’s Over The Fence: Contemporary Indigenous Photography from the Corrigan Collection. In 2016 his artwork has been included in the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin; Frontier Imaginaries: No Longer at Ease at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and is featured in the 2016 TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria