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Blak Wave

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Sitting at the centre of Next Wave Festival 2014 is Blak Wave: seven new art projects, a rollicking talks series and a new publication exploring what’s personally, politically and artistically Next for Australia’s Indigenous peoples. Opening the conversation and deepening the debate, the Blak Wave free talks series asks contemporary artists and curators from across the country to explore the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and artists.

The Blak Wave publication, co-curated and edited by emerging Torres Strait Islander curator Tahjee Moar, presents diverse national perspectives on a range of issues including definitions of ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’; authenticity; feminist and queer experiences; and international perspectives on Indigenous culture. Contributors include Bindi Cole, Carly Sheppard, Celeste Liddle, Chantelle Woods, Clotilde Bullen, Colin Kinchela of Sean Jorvn, Dale Harding, Djon Mundine OAM, Emily McDaniel, Gregory Lorenzuti, Jason Wing, Kimberley Moulton, Kyle Morrison, Laurie Nilsen, Liz Nowell, Lucy Simpson, Megan Cope, Reko Rennie, Ryan Presley, Steaphan Paton, Tahjee Moar, Tiddas Take Back, Tony Albert, Troy-Anthony Baylis. Grab a copy of Blak Wave here.

In the podcast below, listen to project contributors and curators Tahjee Moar and Tony Albert alongside artists Clinton Nain, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser as they discuss the future of contemporary Indigenous art. Hosted by the always inspiring, provocative and entertaining artist Richard Bell (NITV’s Colour Theory).


Richard Bell (Host) was born in 1953 in Charleville, Queensland, and is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities. Based in Brisbane, Richard has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1990, and his work features in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; as well as most state institutions. A past member of the Campfire group, Richard is a founding member of Brisbane-based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Tony Albert is a contemporary artist based in Sydney. In 2013 Tony held a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Internationally, he has exhibited his work at the Singapore Art Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the City Gallery Wellington, and the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art.

Destiny Deacon (K’ua K’ua and Erub/Mer) was born in 1957 in Maryborough, Queensland and now lives and works in Melbourne. Destiny completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) at the University of Melbourne in 1979 and a Diploma of Education at La Trobe University in 1981. Her work featured in Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, 2002, and the 10th Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, 2010. The survey exhibition Destiny Deacon: Walk and Don’t Look Blak, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2004, toured to Melbourne, Noumea, Wellington and Tokyo.

Virginia Fraser is an artist, writer, editor and curator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts) from Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne, and a Master of Fine Arts by research from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her art practice consists mainly of video and installation works, often made in collaboration with Destiny Deacon. Fraser edited A Book About Australian Women (1974); Screw Loose: An Uncalled for Memoir by Peter Blazey (1997); and Central Business Dreaming (2008).

Tahjee Moar is a descendant of the Meriam, Barkindji and Malyangapa people. Tahjee recently completed a Bachelor of Art Theory at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales. She is based in Sydney as an independent curator, and is currently a Gallery Educator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Co-Curator of Blak Wave for Next Wave.

Clinton Nain (G’ua G’ua and Meriam) was born in 1971 in Melbourne, Victoria and lives and works in Melbourne. Clinton held his first solo exhibition in 1996 at Hogarth Galleries, Sydney. He was represented in Blak City Culture, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 1994; Ilan Pasin (This Is Our Way): Torres Strait Art, Cairns Regional Gallery, 1998; Beyond the Pale, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, 2000; Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2006; and Power & Beauty: Indigenous Art Now, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2007.

Join Next Wave for the anticipated launch of the Blak Wave publication on Day One of the Festival or chew the fat with prominent voices from Australia’s Indigenous arts community at one of our roundtable discussions, artist panels or popular Breakfast Club events.

Blak Wave - Opening Event

Date: 16 April

Location: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 6.15pm - 8.15pm

Duration: 2hrs

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, hearing assistance available, this event will be AUSLAN interpreted

Notes: This is a free event, however bookings are essential. The Blak Wave publication will be available for purchase at this event.

Ticket Prices: Free

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