Making Together

Making Together

  • 18 May 2022, 1–2pm
  • Monash University Museum of Art
    Ground Floor, Building F
    Monash University, Caulfield Campus
    900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East
    VIC 3145


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Responding to the theme of collectivity, curators, artists and designers Maya Hodge, Kate ten Buuren, Moorina Bonini and Jenna Lee will reflect on how their creative practices prioritise and benefit from working collaboratively. Through their deep connections to Country and to each other, Maya, Kate, Moorina and Jenna share their experiences of how creative collective work can bring people together, facilitate innovation and encourage risk taking, discussing the obstacles to group work and the long-term beneficial outcomes of working intergenerationally and relationally. Hosted by Charlotte Day, Director, MUMA.

Collective Movements, co-curated by Taungurung artist and curator Kate ten Buuren; Lardil and Yangkaal artist and curator Maya Hodge; and Boon Wurrung Elder and Traditional Owner, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at Monash Art Design & Architecture, N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, is on at MUMA from 4 May – 23 July 2022.

About the panel

Moorina Bonini is a proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna and the Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri Briggs/McCrae family. Moorina’s works are informed by her experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman. Her practice is driven by a self-reflexive methodology that enables the reexamination of lived experiences that have influenced the construction of her cultural identity. By unsettling the narrative placed upon Aboriginal people as a result of colonisation of Aboriginal Australia, Moorina’s practice is based within Indigenous Knowledge systems and brings this to the fore. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. She is currently a research candidate at Monash University where she is undertaking a PhD within the Wominjeka Djeembana Research Lab. Moorina’s work has been exhibited at Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Sydney Festival, and in Melbourne at Blak Dot Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Centre for Contemporary Photography, KINGS, SEVENTH Gallery, Bus Projects and the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Maya Hodge is a proud Lardil and Yangkaal woman raised in Mildura, Victoria. Based on the lands of the Kulin Nation (Melbourne), Maya is an emerging artist, published poet, curator and violinist whose work explores the power of healing in the arts, through uplighting First Nations creativity and Aboriginal women’s autonomy. Previously employed as Assistant Curator at the Koorie Heritage Trust, she is currently Assistant Curator at Blak Dot Gallery. Maya is a resident artist in this mob’s studio space, based at Collingwood Yards and has worked on numerous projects and residencies, including Constant Ecology, West Space and KINGS Artist-Run (2020); Re-Connect Program, Barpirdhila Foundation and Arts Centre Melbourne (2020); Took The Children Away Song Project, Archie Roach Foundation, Culture Is Life and Barpirdhila Foundation (2021); One Day In January, Short Black Opera (2021); and the Black Wattle publication with this mob, Arts House Refuge Program (2021). Maya completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Art History and Curating) at Monash University in 2021.

Jenna Lee is a Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri woman with mixed Asian and Anglo Australian ancestry. Her contemporary art practice explores the acts of identity/identification, label/labelling and the relationships formed between language, label, and object. Jenna works across painting, projection, found object and sculpture with a recurring use of paper, the book, language, and text. Formally trained as a graphic designer, Lee has a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Jenna has exhibited widely and been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Australia Council’s Young and Emerging Dreaming Award (2019) and being a finalist in the John Fries Award (2018). She is represented by MARS Gallery in Narrm/Melbourne and has exhibited in national and international contexts including the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin; QUT Art Gallery and Griffith University Art Gallery, both Brisbane.

Kate ten Buuren is a Taungurung curator, artist and writer working on Kulin Country. Kate’s cross-disciplinary practice investigates collective and collaborative ways of working, and her interest in contemporary visual art, film and oral traditions is grounded in self-determination, self-representation and the power of knowing one another. Kate is the founder and an active member of First Nations arts collective this mob, who make space for young artists to connect and create on their own terms. In 2021, this mob produced the book Black Wattle for Arts House’s REFUGE program, in which Kate submitted writing, images and original artworks. this mob have curated exhibitions and produced programs at Arts House, Footscray Community Arts Centre, West Space, Blak Dot Gallery, Fringe Festival and more. She currently works as a Curator at ACMI and was previously Curator at the Koorie Heritage Trust. Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Monash University in 2017 and is an alumna of the Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership program at the National Gallery of Australia and Footscray Community Art Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program.

Semester 1: On Connection

Form x Content is a program of online and on-campus talks delivered during Monash’s teaching semesters. Thematically driven, the series features the voices of renowned First Nations, Australian and international artists, designers, architects, curators and academics, and aims to stimulate new thinking and encourage debate and discussion around contemporary ideas. The program is delivered every Wednesday lunchtime during Monash University teaching semesters, both online and broadcast on the Big Screen at Monash Caulfield.

In 2022, Monash Form x Content considers ways in which individuals and organisations are changing and adapting in response to the disconnection and alienation experienced as a part of the pandemic.

The Semester 1 theme, ‘On Connection’ considers the importance of relationships and the ways in which these sustain us, with several talks presented in partnership with PHOTO2022 and Melbourne Design Week.

In Semester 2, the program theme, ‘On Care’ explores how the disciplines of art, design and architecture can engender and embed principles of caring, inclusivity, safety and wellbeing through research and practice.

Form x Content is free and accessible to all.

Join us Wednesday lunchtimes at 1pm—online and on the Big Screen, Caulfield campus.

Form x Content Presented by Monash Art, Design and Architecture, programmed by Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.

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