14 September - 14 September Blood and Identity

Overview: Does blood define our identity?

Join SJ Norman, Gabriel Nodea and Peta Clancy in conversation as they explore how working with blood has offered new perspectives on blood as a life giving substance whilst also allowing the artists to explore their Aboriginal heritage through its links to identity.

“a shift in curatorial practice is signalling changes to establish an enduring engagement with First Nation artists, their cultural practices and creative communities.” Peta Clancy

Art can offer an understanding of multiple human experiences and perspectives, and has the capacity to address issues of race in productive, healing and empowering ways.

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The Artist: Peta Clancy

Peta Clancy is an artist whose recent work explores the themes of memorial, massacres, resistance and conflict in Australia. She was awarded the 2018 ‘Fostering Koorie Art and Culture, Koorie Heritage Trust Residency’ in Melbourne and is a descendant of the Bangerang people from Southeastern Australia. Pynor and Clancy’s collaborative work The Body is a Big Place has been exhibited widely internationally.

The Artist: Gabriel Nodea

Gabriel Nodea has held Indigenous leadership positions across the Kimberley for over twenty years, including Acting Chairperson of the Kimberley Law and Culture Centre (KALAC); Chairperson of the Warmun Art Centre Board of Directors; and Deputy Chair  of the Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists Aboriginal Corporation (ANKA).  For more than a decade he has been cultural officer at the Warmun Art Centre, and before that he was a member of NORFORCE (North-West Mobile Force of the Australian Army). In 2016 he was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to create a suite of paintings relating to his military service. Gabriel is well known as a dancer following performances in Paris and Canada, and in 2010 he represented Warmun Art Centre in the ‘No-Name Station’ exhibition in Beijing, for the year of Australia/China cultural exchange. Gabriel is passionate about the preservation of Gija knowledge, culture and history.  He is currently working on a Gija history that encompasses the tens of thousands of years that Gija people have lived in the Kimberley. He is examining the cultural, social and historical pressures that impact on contemporary Gija society.  With Senior Gija knowledge holders, Gabriel is a lead teacher and co-ordinator of the University of Melbourne’s first Gija taught on-country subject, Ngarranggarni: Gija Art and Country.

The Artist: SJ Norman

SJ Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. Their work traverses performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. Live performance remains the core of their practice: working with extended duration, task-based, and endurance practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, Norman’s primary medium is the body: the body as a spectacle of truth and a theatre of fantasy; a siphon of personal and collective memory; an organism with which we are infinitely familiar and eternally estranged; a site which is equally loaded and empty of meaning, where histories, narratives, desires and discourses converge and collapse.

Based between regional Australia, Berlin and the United Kingdom, they have presented their work at Venice International Performance, Week (IT), Tate Modern (UK), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Performance Space, Sydney (AU), Next Wave (AU) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU), Edinburgh Festival (UK) and Brisbane International Festival (AU), and Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU), and Melbourne Festival (AU) to name a few. They are a proud Indigenous person of Wiradjuri, Wonnarua and British heritage.

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14 September - 14 September

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