PROJECT TEAM & ARTISTS
Brook Andrew . Kam Bin Salleh . Beni Bjah . Lyle Branson . Tim Burns . Paul Caporn . Olga Cironis . Matt Crock . Peter Docker . Sharon Egan. Sohan Ariel Hayes . Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa . Jacob Lehrer . Michael Leslie . Wes Maselli . Minaxi May . Matt McAlpine . Matt McVeigh . Kyle Morrison . Martine Perret . Matt Pitcher . Mei Saraswati . Roly Skender . Sharon Tassicker . Curtis Taylor . Michael Jaluru Torres . Poppy van Oorde-Grainger . Katie West . Ian Wilkes . Jason Wing . Anne Zahalka
SHARON TASSICKER :: CURATOR
Sharon has an extensive background as an artsworker in Western Australia. She has a broad knowledge and understanding of Australian art and has been engaged in various ways in the support of visual artists practice by means of art acquisitions, inclusion in exhibitions and demonstrated interest and advocacy for emerging and established artists. Sharon curated exhibitions at the Holmes à Court Gallery from November 2006 to December 2018. She is working on Australiyaniality as an independent curator.
MATT MCVEIGH :: LEAD ARTIST
Matt is an interdisciplinary artist interested in how identities, histories and institutions can be consumed and subsumed through the vehicle of “art making”. He employs a wide range of materials, processes, technologies and semiotics to create work that is often bold and layered with nuance and meaning. Matt’s practice is highly collaborative. He has worked with remote regional communities all over Western Australia, particularly indigenous communities as well as with engineers, architects, government departments, councils, tradesman on many projects in the areas of community art, socially engaged art, and public art. He has had two solo exhibitions to date, MINE (2013) and BUILT (2016) at Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth.
For more info see www.mattmcveigh.com.au
CURTIS TAYLOR : : LEAD ARTIST
Curtis Taylor is a filmmaker, screen artist, actor and a young Martu leader. Growing up in remote Martu desert communities and in the city, Curtis has both traditional Martu knowledge and
a non-Aboriginal education. After finishing school in 2008 Curtiis worked as Community Coordinator and Youth
Development Officer at Martu Media where he also spent 18 months working on the major Yiwarra Kuju: The
Canning Stock Route project as a filmmaker and youth ambassador. His screen work including the acclaimed short
film “Mamu”has been shown in international film festivals from Brazil to Nepal. He was Director’s Attachment
and is the Narrator of ‘Collisions’.
Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. Through museum and archival interventions and curatorial projects, he aims to make forgotten stories visible and offer alternative choices for interpreting history in the world today. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections.
For more info see www.brookandrew.com
Beni won the 2015/16 WAM Song Of The Year Award with his song 'Survivor' holding the coveted Grand Prize, the win marking a significant moment in the competition’s history, with Beni being the first-ever Indigenous artist to take the peak honours. Beni's hard-hitting wake-up call explores complex racial and cultural issues facing Australia.
Multidisciplinary artist Tim Burns has forged a long career at the helm of underground and experimental art practice. Since his return to the Wheatbelt, the division seen in contemporary Australia between Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships to Country has become a central theme in his work.
For more info see www.artcollectivewa.com.au
Paul has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 40 group and 8 solo exhibitions, making art primarily in the realms of sculpture, animation, video and installation.
For more info see www.paulcaporn.com
Olga is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the murky undertones and impact that history and memory have on personal and shared identity. She examines the notions of belonging in today’s cultural globalisation — in particular, appropriated histories and accepted attitudes on belonging in the Australian cultural and social landscape. For more info see www.olgacironis.com
Peter Docker was born in 1964 in Narrogin and grew up on remote Lort River Station, Coomalbidgup. He studied creative writing at Curtin University, receiving a BA (English) in 1987, and acting at The Victorian College of the Arts, gaining a Diploma of Dramatic Art (Acting) in 1990. He continues to write about the secret country where black and white Australia meet. He writes about the coming together – or not – of the truth and the lies in Australia, about Australia’s search for its truth, and about the myriad of ways that we can look into our hearts – and find love.
SOHAN ARIEL HAYES
Sohan is an award-winning animator and media artist based in Perth, Western Australia, working in the fields of expanded and interactive cinema, animation, persuasive games, systems theory and locative media. Hayes has exhibited widely, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Fremantle Arts Centre, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery in Perth, the Jerwood Gallery in London, TAV Gallery in Taiwan and the Post Museum in Singapore.
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SUKHJIT KAUR KHALSA
Based in Melbourne, Sukhjit is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, and human rights advocate.
Jacob is an Australian dancer and choreographer of based in Perth, WA. Jacob has been a CI practitioner since 1995. He is an organiser and facilitator of the Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence which hosts 70-75 dancers from around Australasia. He works nationally and internationally as a performer, director, choreographer and teacher. He now works closely with Ochre dance.
Minaxi is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the interplay of materiality and conceptual in examining culture as an intermix of the popular, personal and environmental - local, global and increasingly eclectic. Industrialised culture is often explored through popular media, food, DIY, craft, fashions and the commonplace. She encourages fresh perceptions of reality, fantasy and spectacle by reusing, recontextualising or remaking ‘readymade’objects and familiar paraphernalia or re-developing ideas into new compositions such as installations, kinetics, sculptures and wall pieces. Her style is typically identified by an extravagant use of colour, replication, ornament, play and design, interjected with juxtaposition and humour.
Wes is a visual artist and current Arts Coordinator at Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing. He comes to that position following extensive experience as an art coordinator in the Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjatjatjarra Lands of Central Australia.
KYLE J MORRISON
Kyle has been working in the theatre industry in Western Australia as an actor for 19 years for theatre companies such as Black Swan Theatre Company, Deckchair Theatre, Barking Gecko and Yirra Yaakin. He has worked as writer and/or director on numerous productions including for Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir and Yirra Yaakin. Kyle is currently Artistic Direcctor of Yirra Yaakin.
Martine Perret began her professional career in Sydney in 1999 working as a freelance photographer and desk editor at The Australian Financial Review. Her interest in photojournalism took her to Timor-Leste in 2003 where she developed a working relationship with the United Nations. For the next decade Martine covered UN peacekeeping missions in conflict zones. In recent years she has been working on Ngala Wongga (Come Talk), a project documenting the speakers of the Goldfields, their connection to the land and the cultural significance of
Australia’s endangered languages. For more info see martineperret.photoshelter.com
Matt Pitcher has won one Gold, one Silver in New Director and a Bronze for Best Direction at London International Awards for his Meth Addiction Campaign.
Four times shortlisted at Young Director Awards in Cannes 2016 for his Meth Addiction & St John Ambulance Campaigns.
Shortlisted for New Director Lotus at AdFest 2016 for his Meth Addiction Campaign.
Best of the Year at Campaign Brief Awards for his Meth Addiction Campaign.
For more info see www.mattpitcher.com
Mei Saraswati is a multidisciplinary artist from Perth, Western Australia, with her practice predominantly exploring experimental sound and sonic mediums. Interested in the local environment, people, stories, some of her recent works and collaborations include ‘Radical Ecologies’, 2015, PICA and ‘Swamp Gospel, 2016, a sound installation collaborative work at the Art Gallery or Western Australia.
Roly Skender is a Western Australian audiovisual artist, musician and producer. His work emphasises an interplay between sound and vision, often mixing technology-driven presentation with more traditional art practices including movement/dance, illustration, vocal performance and music.
MICHAEL JALURU TORRES
Michael is an Indigenous photographer and media professional from Broome, Western Australia.
As a Djugan and Yawuru man with tribal connections to Jabirr Jabirr and Gooniyandi people, Michael is inspired by the unique landscapes and people of the Kimberley region, which feature prominently in his work.
POPPY VAN OORDE-GRAINGER
Poppy van Oorde-Grainger is a filmmaker and artist specialising in collaborating with communities. Her work has been broadcast on Nickelodeon, SBS and ABC and presented at numerous festivals including London International Festival of Theatre, Japan Media Arts Festival, ImagineNATIVE in Canada and Ars Electronic in Austria. She won the Fremantle Print Award in 2002 and the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award in 2010.
Katie West is an interdisciplinary artist who considers the continuance of human connections with and within the natural environment. Katie Yindjibarndi, and grew up in Noongar country in Western Australia. She is now based in Naarm and is currently completing a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. West is an artist exploring her own sense of Aboriginality, informed by her family history and that of history and her heritage. West aims to contribute to the collective knowledge that defines Aboriginal identity in this country (Australia), as well as the collective experience of Indigenous peoples in other parts of the world. Trans-generational trauma ends here.
For more info see katiewularniwest.com
Actor and Director, Wilkes studied Aboriginal theatre at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in his late teens, and after graduating worked with dance groups such as Wadumbah before moving into theatre with the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in WA.
Jason Wing is a Sydney- based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community.
For more info see www.jasonwing.net
Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most highly regarded photo-media artists, having exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas for more than 30 years. She deconstructs familiar images and re-presents them to allow other figures and stories to be told that reflect on cultural diversity, gender and difference within Australian society.
For more info see zahalkaworld.com.au