Jun
15
to Jul 22

WHAT PRIVILEGE - THE UNITY OF OPPRESSION

 Damien Shen,  Message from God to the Blackfellow 19, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 160x100cm. Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Damien Shen, Message from God to the Blackfellow 19, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 160x100cm.
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Change Media presents two experimental art exhibitions, ‘The Colony’ and ‘The Unity of Oppression’ as part of its national What Privilege? Initiative.

Curated by Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, What Privilege? is a national Change Media initiative with a range of diverse partners, to investigate how we can creatively notice, disrupt and reframe colonizing mindsets and behaviors that maintain privilege and reinforce oppression. It explores the reciprocity of our shared humanity: How is your liberation bound up with mine - and mine with yours?

 Jelena Vujnovic,  Lived Body , 2015, mixed media on canvas.   Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Jelena Vujnovic, Lived Body, 2015, mixed media on canvas. 
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

What Privilege? - The Unity of Oppression’ explores what unites and divides us: We share a finite planet, what futures will we forge from the infinity of darkness?

Playing with the duality of light and dark, using acrylics, sculpture and mixed-media, five artists from culturally diverse backgrounds create a journey into the complexities of power, privilege and oppression - inviting you to peel away hidden layers and join them on a creative crime scene investigation of our shared humanity.

 Emilijia Kasumovic,  Interbeing (detail),  2017, acrylic on tulle fabric, 100x70cm.   Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Emilijia Kasumovic, Interbeing (detail), 2017, acrylic on tulle fabric, 100x70cm. 
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

The Unity of Oppression works are co-curated with interdisciplinary Ngarrindjeri-Chinese artist Damien Shen [painting, mixed media] and feature emerging artists Emilijia Kasumovic [drawing, mixed media] and Jelena Vujnovic [drawing], alongside work from Jen Lyons-Reid [line art, poetry, mixed media, sculpture] and Carl Kuddell [poetry, mixed media, sculpture]. 

 Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell,  The Handshake, 2018, mixed media on canvas. Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, The Handshake, 2018, mixed media on canvas.
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.

The project has been supported by Nexus Arts and the Regional Gallery Murray Bridge.

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ARTIST INFORMATION

Damien Shen:
Damien Shen is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri (Aboriginal) and Chinese descent. As an artist he draws on both of these powerful cultural influences to create works of intense personal meaning. In using his artistic talent to share his story he aims to open the eyes of viewers to new ways of seeing Australian identity and Aboriginal art.

Emilijia Kasumovic:
Emilija Kasumovic is Serbian born, living in Adelaide. Her work is concerned with human condition and what defines us as human beings beyond our biological bodies.

Jelena Vujnovic:
Fascinated by natural and artificial structures, Jelena Vujnovic sees the building blocks of our bodies and our urban environment as the scaffolding on which we construct our lives. Focused on an uninterrupted and organic development of her work, she is constantly playing and experimenting with new materials and forms.

Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell:
Artistic director and graphic artist, Jen Lyons-Reid, and creative producer and writer, Carl Kuddell, are Tallstoreez Productionz co-founders and award-winning multidisciplinary artists and filmmakers. Since 2002 they have explored satire across art forms, from poetry, cartoons, sculptures, live art, to documentaries and several TV series. They run Change Media as a national arts initiative, focusing on critical literacy through arts and media. They have delivered hundreds of workshops and performances with thousands of participants across Australia. Their strategic advisory work includes investigations into value, equity and harm in socially engaged arts, as part of an ARC Linkage partnership with VCA in 2013-14 and Jen’s 2-year Australia Council Fellowship 2015-16.

For more information go to
https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-unity-of-oppression

 

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Jun
15
to Jul 22

WHAT PRIVILEGE - THE COLONY

 Jen Lyons-Reid,  Gift Horse,  2018, mixed media

Jen Lyons-Reid, Gift Horse, 2018, mixed media

Change Media presents two experimental art exhibitions, ‘The Colony’ and ‘The Unity of Oppression’ as part of its national What Privilege? Initiative.

Curated by Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, What Privilege? is a national Change Media initiative with a range of diverse partners, to investigate how we can creatively notice, disrupt and reframe colonizing mindsets and behaviors that maintain privilege and reinforce oppression. It explores the reciprocity of our shared humanity: How is your liberation bound up with mine - and mine with yours?

 Jen Lyons-Reid,  At Your Service, 2018, mixed media

Jen Lyons-Reid, At Your Service, 2018, mixed media

When you enter the Colony, who comes to visit? Navigate a bivouac of menacing, invasive colonies and framed colonial beliefs, to experience how Ngarrindjeri continue to maintain and share their cultural values.

The Colony is an immersive installation, combining projection work, line art, poetry and audio-visual provocations. This cross-cultural experiment was created by Jen Lyons-Reid [concept, line art, poetry, multimedia], Carl Kuddell [concept, sculpture, poetry, multimedia] and Ngarrindjeri man Clyde Rigney Jnr [concept, poetry, audio], in collaboration with Felix Weber [installation] and Johanis Lyons-Reid [video].

What is your experience of whiteness and identity in the context of Treaty and colonization? How do we want to share our limited time on this planet? How do we come to terms?

https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-colony

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.

The project has been supported by the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery .

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Artist information:

Jen Lyons-Reid, artistic director and Carl Kuddell, creative producer. Jen and Carl are Change Media's award winning lead artists and high impact troublemakers.

Clyde Rigney Jnr, Ngarrindjeri man and ex-CEO, Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. Clyde led the Treaty negotiations with SA Government and is a long-term Change Media collaborator.

For more information go to:

https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-colony

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Jun
15
to Jul 29

NGANAWI NGARRINDJERI KRINGKARI NGOPPEN - My Ngarrindjeri White Walk

 Trevor Nickolls,  Machinetime and Dreamtime,  1984, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 68.5 x 58.2 cm, Flinders University Art Museum Collection 2881. ©  Trevor Nickolls/Copyright Agency, 2018.

Trevor Nickolls, Machinetime and Dreamtime, 1984, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 68.5 x 58.2 cm, Flinders University Art Museum Collection 2881. ©  Trevor Nickolls/Copyright Agency, 2018.

ARTISTS:
Ian Abdulla

Kerry Giles
Christina Gollan
Trevor Nickolls
Damien Shen & Richard Lyons
Ellen Trevorrow
Cedric Varcoe

Nganawi Ngarrindjeri Kringkari Ngoppen - My Ngarrindjeri White Walk shows work by Ngarrindjeri artists from the collections of Flinders University Art Museum; University Collections, University of Adelaide and the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.

Curated by Lyn Lovegrove Niemz and Melinda Rankin.

The exhibition also includes the compilation of videos Ngarrindjeri Speaking for SeaCountry mini series for ABC iView 2018. Created by Change Media and Johanis Lyons-Reid in collaboration the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. Participating Ngarrindjeri artists: Major Sumner, Ellen Trevorrow, Damien Shen, Lyn Lovegrove Niemz, Betty Sumner, Cedric Varcoe and the Ngarrindjeri Media Team.
https://ngarrindjeri-culture.org/

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