There are a number of projects as part of Next Wave Festival 2016 explore the idea of decolonisation – the undoing of colonialism – in Australia. They explore they ways that Aboriginal culture and identity has been affected by colonisers, and aim to bring Indigenous worldviews to the forefront. If you’d like to read more on decolonisation, we recommend starting on Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s Decolonizing Practices, and also reading these articles on Worm Hole. Or just come along to these projects at Next Wave Festival 2016 and start a conversation about biik (land) and wurrung (language) on the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung lands of the Kulin nation.
Through translations and a series of workshops in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, we aim to raise awareness of Victoria’s first languages, and specifically (in the words of Wurundjeri language expert, Mandy Nicholson), “why they are no longer spoken every day, but also why they are not dead: they are sleeping. Through raising awareness, we are reawakening them. If something is dead, it can never return, but if it is asleep it can always be woken up.” Read more.
Across Melbourne | 6 May, 11 May, 17 May, 19 May | **SOLD OUT**
Featuring Atong Atem (SSD/VIC), Dale Harding (Bidjara/ Ghungalu/Garingbal/QLD), Yuki Kihara (SAM/JPN/NZ), Carlos Motta (COL/USA), Frédéric Nauczyciel (FRA) and Mandy Nicholson (Wurundjeri/VIC)
Six leading local and international artists draw on resurgent First Nations and diasporic knowledges in Ua numi le fau, an exhibition project asserting sovereign futures through performance video, photography and textiles. Bodies and kinships are explored through sexuality, spirituality and ecology in this exhibition, which will be uniquely articulated in multiple languages and mediums. Read more.
Gertrude Contemporary | Fri 6 May – Sat 18 Jun. Opening Fri 6 May 6pm | Free
How can we undo the damage done by colonialism? What could it mean for us as individuals? Through reflecting on the impact of colonisation upon her sense of self as an Aboriginal woman, Katie West has developed her own method of decolonisation. Decolonistis a space to experience West’s personal meditation practice, where breathing out the traumas of colonisation and breathing in a decolonised state of mind can give life to philosophy and action that might dominate a new decolonised Australian reality. Read more.
West Space | Fri 6 May – Sat 4 Jun. Opening Thu 5 May, 6pm | Free
Blaksland and Lawless presents an irreverent and political alternate universe where Aboriginal women are the explorers and conquerors. Where Australia was colonised by Aboriginal women instead of white European men. Through large-scale photographs displayed across Melbourne streets, Blaksland and Lawless shines a light on the ludicrous nature of colonialism, patriarchy and the idea of ‘discovery’. Read more.
Across Melbourne | Thu 5 May – Sun May 22 | Free
Following stand-out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now) – a one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection, resonant without exception. Spearim skilfully fuses the ancient with the contemporary to bring two worlds into one, weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling to reveal a captivating character. Book now.
Northcote Town Hall | Wed 4 May – Sat 14 May | $28 Full / $23 Concesssion / Green Tickets Wed 18 May
Combining Indigenous knowledge with contemporary gestural motifs, [MIS]CONCEIVE‘s fusion of hip hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate. Through the mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles that simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity, [MIS]CONCEIVE argues that ‘knowledge’ does not equal comprehension. Books are not their covers. One size does not fit all. Book now.
Northcote Town Hall | Tue 17 May – Sun 22 May | $23 Full / $18 Concesssion
Hannah Brontë employs the language and aesthetics of hip hop and popular culture in Still I Rise, a music video environment harnessing female and Indigenous power, where the artist presents a formidable future Australia in which an Indigenous woman is Prime Minister, and parliament is entirely female. Brontë will also be hosting FEMPRE$$ at Howler if you want to dance. Read more.
Blak Dot Gallery | Fri 6 May – Sun 22 May | Free
Claire Robertson leads the viewer through large-scale, multi-channel projections that capture uninhabited fly-in fly-out mining camps of the Pilbara Region. Awaiting their imminent removal, demountable villages sit in stark contrast with an endless horizon balanced on the edge of reality. Far From Here explores what it means to experience a place at a distance. Examining prevailing colonial relationships to the landscape and what it really means to ‘inhabit place’, Robertson questions ‘Are we really here?’ Read more.
Meat Market | Thu 12 May – Sun 22 May | Free
Something Less looks at the little-understood Indigenous history of Tasmania, an island where imperial attempts at mass-genocide and ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Aboriginal peoples were more extensive than on mainland Australia. Whilst James grapples with identity, self and culture in his melancholic self-portraiture, Doyle offers a sharp counterpoint with his critical perspective, analysis and historical research. Read more.
Meat Market | Fri 13 May – Sun 22 May. Opening Thu 12 May, 6pm | Free
Featuring Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Hany Armanious (NSW), Tully Arnot (NSW), Bindi Cole (VIC), Megan Cope (Quandamooka/VIC), Beth Dillon (NSW), Sara Morawetz (NSW/USA), Técha Noble (NSW/GER), Yoshua Okón (MEX) and Tyza Stewart (QLD)
Incorporating performance, painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, The Fraud Complex invites audiences into a system of suspended categories. Objects of uncertain provenance co-mingle with artworks, inciting suspicions of duplicity and feelings of doubt. While contemporary art has a complicated relationship with fakes, facsimiles and impersonations, the question of authenticity has relevance beyond the white cube, penetrating everyday debate around gender, ethnicity, morality and science. What constitutes a fraud? Is authenticity an achievable or relevant ideal? And are we all just ‘faking it’ in different ways? Read more.
West Space | 6 May – 4 Jun. Opening Thu 5 May 6pm | Free