Wansolwara Symposium

Wansolwara Symposium
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Sat 18 January 2020
Saturday 18 January 2020
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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Image: asinnajaq, 'Rock Piece (Ahuriri)' 2018. HD video, colour, stereo, 4:02 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.
Wansolwara Symposium
Presented by UNSW Galleries in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in association with Sydney Festival
This 1-day symposium draws together diverse perspectives on the Great Ocean as a connector to culture, ancestral traditions and the movement of people.
Join artists and guest speakers as they discuss issues connecting communities and cultures, including displacement and labour, cultural activism in the face of colonisation and the creation of new cultural phenomena.
This symposium is part of Wansolwara: One Salt Water”, a series of exhibitions, performances and events from across the Pacific and throughout the Great Ocean.
UNSW lecturer Dr Verónica Tello leads a conversation with artist and curator Talia Smith, exhibiting artist Shivanjani Lal and visiting Vuntut Gwich’in artist and founding member of the ReMatriate Collective Jeneen Frei Njootli to discuss the enduring effects of displacement from histories of indentured labour, migration and ongoing colonial forces for communities living in the diaspora.
An intercultural dialogue with Tongan-Australian writer Winnie Dunn, exhibiting artists Ruha Fifita and Latai Taumoepeau. Together they will discuss art as a site of advocacy, activism and social engagement. The term talanoa is used across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue.
Indigenous artist-curator relationships in the militourist present
Dr Léuli Eshrāghi
Response by indigenous Pacific Studies scholar Mitiana Arbon.
Writer and text-based artist Enoch Mailangi is joined by exhibiting artists Angela Tiatia and Rebecca Ann Hobbs for a conversation on the convergence of the traditional and contemporary in popular culture and the creation of new, hybrid phenomena.
Book launch
“Transits and Returns” is a significant contribution to the emergent discourse on global Indigenous art. The publication explores the complexities of being Indigenous in the 21st century as expressed through recent art, curation and scholarship by Indigenous practitioners. Organised by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, curated by Tarah Hogue, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Freja Carmichael, Léuli Eshrāghi and Lana Lopesi.
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Saturday 18 January 2020 from 10.30am to 5.30pm
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