Vision and Voice, Anna Dowling
Opening Night: Thurs 26 Oct, 6pm
Exhibition: Thurs 26 Oct – Fri 8 Dec
Nexus Arts, corner of North Tce and Morphett St, Adelaide
Presented as part of Spirit Festival 2017 in partnership with Nexus Arts
Aboriginal culture lives though story. Through song, dance and visual art, knowledge is passed from one generation to the next. This body of work examines how stories thread generations together by questioning what happens when these knowledge pathways are disrupted. What happens to an individual, their family and their community, when a health event like a stroke robs them of speech?
For Aboriginal people, losing the ability to speak severs our oral storytelling traditions. How many stories have already been lost through the ongoing effects of colonisation? Through this powerful exhibition, Dowling reflects on the importance of protecting and preserving Aboriginal languages.
Sun, 5 Nov @ 1pm – 2pm, Queens Theatre
An unmissable collaboration with, and for, the participants of Kura Yerlo Inc, Karrarendi Disability Program and No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability.
The Gathering is an engaging performance that tells the story of Tarndanyangga, the place of the Big Red Kangaroo. This important work meditates on the significance of this site, a sacred place for the Kaurna people where we come together as one.
Cultural Consultant: Stephen Goldsmith & Jamie Goldsmith
Scripted by: Gina Rings & Alexis West
Creative Facilitators: Jermaine Hampton & Mitre Khammash
Directed by: Alirio Zavarce
Unbound Collective, Discussion Panel
Sun, 5 Nov @ 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Queens Theatre
The Unbound Collective are Ali Gumillya Baker (Mirning Nation), Simone Ulalka Tur (Antikirnya/Yankunytjatjara), Faye Rosas Blanch (Mbararam/ Yidinyji), and Natalie Harkin (Narrunga Nation).
Ali Gumillya Baker shifts the colonial gaze through film, performance, projection, and grandmother-stories. Simone Ulalka Tur’s performance and poetics enact an intergenerational transmission of story-work through education. Faye Rosas Blanch engages rap theory to embody sovereignty and the shedding of the colonial skin. Natalie Harkin’s archival-poetics is informed by blood-memory, haunting and grandmother-stories.
All four artists hold senior positions at Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement OISE, Flinders University.
NGURRA YUTHI (EARTH SONG), Eric Marrawuy Avery
Eric blends violin, song and language, creating an atmosphere of shared memory in a mesmerising performance of traditional and contemporary music. From the Yuin, Gumbangirr and Ngiyampaa people of NSW, Eric Avery – Marrawuy – is a singer of Ngiyampaa songs, the songs of his Father’s people. In this act, Eric is also reviving his people’s
Seeing his performance as a series of musical sketches, Eric creates a fusion of violin, traditional and contemporary music that explores both the motifs of Bach, and traditional song of the Ngiyampaa, through contemporary violin.