Three female First Nations artists challenge culture, belonging and resistance
In celebration of NAIDOC Week and coinciding with the theme ‘Because of her, we can!’, the Bearded Tit is handing over their space to three First Nations women who use their art to decolonise mind and body, and to challenge notions of privilege, culture and personal history.
Carmen Glynn-Braun, a Southern Arrernte, Kaytetye and Anmatyerre artist, will be displaying her paint ‘skins’ – which are frozen pieces of material, hung like tanned pelts.
Amala Groom's works challenge identity through playful and political messages about cultural appropriation and lack of legal protections for First Nations arts and cultures. Her ‘Totes Appropes’ bags poke fun at Chanel’s $1,930 limited edition luxury boomerang, which was widely criticised over the internet after its launch in May 2017.
And Nicole Monks, who we celebrated last year in our Deadly Sydney story, will be paying tribute to the Boycott ’88 bicentennial protests, 30 years on, in her collaborative piece ‘Fairer 2018’ with Groom. Head out back and you can also peer into her ‘Invisible Mirror’.
The Bearded Tit acknowledges that this exhibition takes place on Aboriginal land which was never ceded.