This group exhibition is a trans-disciplinary conversation between three Indigenous and three non-Indigenous women, who find themselves coming together for the first time through the commonality of the "she aspect' of humanity, the feminine. Presenting new works are Kim Ah Sam, a proud Kuku Yulanji and Kalkadoon woman, Yorta Yorta woman Glennys Briggs, Debbie Taylor with Gamillaroi heritage, Paula Payne, Carolyn Stubbin, and Susan Gourley. Curating this exhibition is Wathaurung woman and renowned artist Carol McGregor.
Speaking through the mediums of painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and new media, the intention is to question history, disrupt dominant narratives and challenge current hierarchical systems of power belonging to the patriarch. Ideas relating to myth, race, gender, empowerment, ancestry, scarification of country, spirituality, fertility, history, colonialism, ecology, identity, as well as sense of place and belonging through storytelling, are explored through a multitude of motifs, iconography, metaphors and allegories.
The result is a collection of works that navigate cross-cultural terrains and nurture dialogue, by acknowledging and embracing cultural diversity and differences. Thus, facilitating a greater understanding and responsibility of connecting to land and to ourselves as human beings, as well as meaningful relationships to "country' as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women in Australia.
Artists: Glennys Briggs, Susan Gourley, Paula Payne, Kim Ah Sam, Carolyn Stubbin, and Debbie Taylor.
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, 17 - Saturday, 28 July
Opening Event: Wednesday, 18 July, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Project Gallery, QCA, 226 Grey Street, Southbank, 4101