⇧ 30 MAY – 14 JUNE
⇨JAKE CHARLES ALMEIDA CURATED BY MARLEY HOLLOWAY-CLARKE
⇩SO WHAT EXACTLY IS AUSTRALIA’S IDENTITY?\
Ready-made Victorian style chair, white paint.
The work centres around underlying issues in contemporary Australia by seeking to address the lack of cultural certainty within the dialogue and historicity of Australia’s eclectic identity. As the work subtly responds to design in a critical manner, it explores the tensions between native timber and its mimicry, the questions surrounding the role and connotations of white paint, the European influence of kitsch, and its position as instigator of the Indigenous rebranding.
We would like to acknowledge the Country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation this country which we meet, work, learn, live and grow together. I pay respect to our Ancestors and present Elders and emerging leaders.
I acknowledge this Country that holds us together. The earth holding stories, lore and song lines. The skies that carry Waa, the protector, and Bunjil, the creator. The waters both salt and fresh and how they connect and flow. We are all connected to Country and everything it represents. I acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded and that this land holds sacred stories, lore and customs that have been maintained for thousands of generations.