Dub Leffler: Darkish

400 Worrell Drive Charlottesville, VA 22911, Charlottesville, VA 22911


  • Presented By: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA
  • Dates: June 22, 2021
  • Location: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA
  • Time: 11:00 PM to 10:59 PM
  • Price: Free but reservations required.: 0.00


Dub Leffler's exhibition, Darkish, explores how Indigenous youth are represented in children’s literature. Historically, Aboriginal children have been stereotyped in children’s literature or excluded altogether, not unlike their adult counterparts in non-Indigenous fiction over the last 200 years. Leffler himself was labeled “darkish” by the adoption agency when he was as a child. His work expands the image of the Aboriginal child to encompass the diversity of Indigenous Australia, allowing the opportunity for all Aboriginal children to see themselves and their histories reflected in the books that help shape who they become. These delicately drawn and subtly painted works challenge the notion that children’s book illustrations aren’t art in and of themselves, breaking down Eurocentric constructions of what is and is not included in the exclusive category of “fine art.”