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The Immersive Exhibition Celebrating First Nations Collectives + Creatives


‘Collectivity is kind of hot right now in arts circles, but we’ve been doing it since without end,’ Taungurung artist Kate ten Buuren says of the premise behind ‘Collective Movements’.

‘We’re the oldest dwelling tradition on earth and we solely bought right here so far now due to our reciprocity with each other, with the lands on which we reside, and our shared resistance.’

‘Collective Movevments’ seeks to spotlight this deep artistic and collaborative legacy in a showcase encompassing artwork, sculptures, and an accompanying publication.

‘To make an exhibition that honours the long legacy of collaborative creative practices here, it was important to work collaboratively,’ Kate provides.

She reached out to Lardil and Yangkaal curator and author Maya Hodge; Boon Wurrung senior Elder N’Arweet Professor Carolyn Briggs AM PhD; and Bundjalung, Muruwari and Kamilaroi artist and senior educational, Professor Brian Martin to assist her curate the exhibition.

The result’s a showcase that options works from each modern and previous teams, with newly commissioned works, current items, and archives from a spread of contributors. Visitors to the exhibition will stroll an immersive house of dance, music, theatre and visible artwork.

These collectives embrace Ensemble Dutala, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Kaiela Arts, Koorroyarr, Latje Latje Dance Group Mildura, Pitcha Makin Fellas, the Possum Skin Cloak Story, The Torch, this mob, plus a glance again on the 1996 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts pageant’, ‘We Iri, We Homeborn’.

‘We often talk about words like ‘curatorium’, ‘curating’, and ‘art’ lacking the mark in representing what it’s that we do, what we make, and the way we inform our tales as Indigenous practitioners,’ Lardil and Yangkaal curator and author Maya Hodge explains. But their hope is that the present presents a ‘conversation’ that strikes past western concepts of ‘collectives’ and ‘collaboration’.

‘[The project] developed in conversation with so many people,’ Maya says.

‘We were incredibly blessed to sit down; either in person but mostly over zoom, to yarn with people from our community that we look up to, and who have/are making waves in the arts. We were told so many incredible stories; too many to fit into one exhibition; and many stories that are continuing to grow.’

‘Collective Movements’ is open till 23 July at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Caulfield Campus.

Learn extra in regards to the exhibition right here.

Monash University Museum of Art
Ground Floor, Building F
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East



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