Hannah Brontë (Yaegel/QLD)
Presented in association with Blak Dot Gallery
The parliament of Australia shall address the people. It's time to rise.
Through a politically charged, fiercely feminist rap entwined with oestrogen and camouflage, the parliament of Australia shall address the people. It’s time to rise.
Employing the language and aesthetics of hip hop and popular culture, Still I Rise is a music video environment harnessing female and Indigenous power. Exploring forms of resistance practiced by women and First Nations people around the world, artist Hannah Brontë presents a formidable future Australia in which an Indigenous woman is Prime Minister, and parliament is entirely female.
Inviting audiences to expand their visions of what the future can hold, Bronte’s hyper-female universe of densely loaded visuals portrays a government formed by strong women of all ages and ethnicities. The Prime Minister, played by Noni Eather, is an Indigenous woman, proud and fluent in her traditional language – a leader of the new world order.
Plus, witness the power of this visionary future in a special one-off hip hop party FEMPRE$$, featuring the true speakers of the house – some of Australia’s hottest Indigenous fem-cees.
PerformersNoni Eather, Grace Eather, Alice Eather, Ofa Fanaikia
Still I Rise was commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2016.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Aphids’ Supermassive mentorship program supported by the Margaret Lawrence Bequest and Footscray Community Arts Centre.