Monday, 9 January 2012

Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival events at ACMI

Silver Boy (2008), photographic print by Darren Siwes
Silver Boy (2008), photographic print by Darren Siwes

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents a series of talks and live events celebrating the rich traditions and new visions in Indigenous art and culture, as part of the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival 2012.

The program opens with the National Indigenous Photomedia Forum co-programmed by ACMI's Artist in Residence Reko Rennie and Arts Victoria in association with the Centre of Contemporary Photography (CCP). Indigenous communities across Australia have a strong interest in photomedia, film and online media, both as audiences and creatives. Despite this and the surge in media practices across the country, the Indigenous community is not well represented in many professional media and photographic associations. This forum addresses this situation by presenting professional development and networking opportunities that assist artists to develop knowledge and skills. Alongside Rennie, Indigenous speakers include Mervyn Bishop (photo journalist), Daniel Browning (broadcast journalist), Patricia Adjaye (from Copyright Agency Ltd), Darren Siewes (photographer), Diane Jones (photo-media artist), Lisa Reihana (Maori multimedia artist), r e a (visual artist) and more. The three day program also includes workshops facilitated by Dr Les Walkling (photographer, educator) and others. The National Indigenous Photomedia Forum will run from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 February 2011 and is free to Indigenous artists.

On Saturday 11 February ACMI hosts Shadow Life: Moving Image, a co-presentation with the City of Melbourne and Asialink. Presented as a looped screening from 10am to 6pm with a contextual talk by curator Djon Mundine OAM at 3pm, Shadow Life is an exhibition of moving image works by contemporary Indigenous Australian artists exploring the notion of the shadow as a representation of our soul that can never leave us or exist independent of us. Participating artists include Vernon Ah Kee (Whitefella Normal, Blackfella Me, 2004), Bindi Cole (Seventy Times Seven, 2011), Destiny Deakin and Virginia Fraser (Good Golly Miss Dolly, 2005), Fiona Foley (Bliss, 2006), Genevieve Grieves (Picturing the Old People, 2005), Tracy Moffatt (Other, 2009) and Christian Thompson (Gamu Mambu (Blood Song), 2010). Shadow Life is a free event.

Remembered By is a screening and talk program that interprets Indigenous representation on screen, through the lenses of contemporary Aboriginal artists and curators. Reko Rennie, ACMI's Artist in Residence, has selected a number of film titles featuring Indigenous subject matter over time, ranging from historical retrospectives to more contemporary works. Leading figures in the Indigenous arts community have been invited to respond to and reappraise the works through a contemporary perspective. Speakers include Glenn Iseger-Pilkington (Nyoongar and Yamatji peoples of WA, Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia) and Genevieve Greeves (Lead Curator on the redevelopment of Bunjilaka at Melbourne Museum). The historically loaded films featured in the Remembered By event will challenge the assumptions of how Aboriginal identity is often 'remembered by' in screen representation. Films include; Wrong Side of the Road (Ned Lander, 1981), Babakiueria (Don Featherstone, 1987) and Urban Aboriginal Artist, Talking about Aboriginal art; 3 (Peter Lipscombe, David Roberts, Chris Willing, 1991). Remembered By is on at ACMI from 11am on Sunday 12 February 2012 and is a free event.

Curator Reko Rennie joined ACMI in 2010 for a year-long role as part of the Victorian Indigenous Visual Arts Residency program, made possible through the Australian Government's National Arts and Craft Industry Support program.

"As Aboriginal people, we are culturally diverse and often there is a misconceived stereotype or romanticized notion of what an Aboriginal person should be or even look like. Remembered By helps break down some of these issues and misconceptions about what constitutes identity through the lens of film and art," he said.

Also at ACMI for the 2012 Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, the City of Melbourne presents Blak Nite Cinema, a selection of short and feature-length films exploring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience, across Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February.

Don't miss this annual celebration of Indigenous art on screen through live events and workshops for practitioners.


Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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