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Collective Movements

Collective Movements

4 May – 23 July 2022

Kate ten Buuren, Maya Hodge and N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM

Collective Movements is a wide-ranging project focusing on the work of historic and contemporary First Nations creative practitioners and community groups that recognises collectivity as integral to Indigenous knowledges and ways of being. An exhibition, publishing project, conversation and workshop platform, the project begins from a desire to make more visible a language and terminology beyond Western art concepts of ‘collaboration’ and ‘collectivism’—one that better describes and acknowledges the way Indigenous creatives work within a broader community and its inheritances.

Collective Movements includes contributions from Ensemble Dutala, Kaiela Arts, this mob (led by Moorina Bonini and Mitch Mahoney), Pitcha Makin Fellas, Koorroyarr Arts, the Possum Skin Cloak Story (founded by Debra Couzens, Vicki Couzens, Lee Darroch and Treahna Hamm), and Uncle Ray Thomas and The Torch, among others. The publication, conversations and workshops play a vital role in the project as platforms for the dissemination of the historic and contemporary models of creative practice through Indigenous voices, including Dr Paola Balla, Belinda Briggs, Yaraan Bundle, Maddee Clark, Tiriki Onus and Steven Rhall, with more to be announced. The Collective Movements publication will be designed by Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri artist-designer, Jenna Lee.

Collective Movements is 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; with support from Bundjalung, Muruwari and Kamilaroi artist and senior academic, Professor Brian Martin, Director of the Wominjeka Djeembana Indigenous Research Lab.

Collective Movements Identity: Jenna Lee

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