Zach's Ceremony

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

A documentary film which featured at the Sydney Film Festival last June, and which Jeremy Eccles reviewed, is now hitting cinemas around Australia. We're re-running his review so he can you why it's well worth the outing. (Note: Zach's Ceremony was seen at same the same time as Ivan Sen's Goldstone.) Jeremy Eccles The Sydney Film Festival opened with an Indigenous thriller and followed up with a Black documentary that is also slated for a theatrical release. But the coincidental parallels between the two were almost as important as each film on its own. The zeitgeist, you might say. Most significant was their mutual turning on the need for Aboriginal people to obtain the “peace that comes with having your feet on Country”, as director/writer/cameraman/composer and editor Ivan Sen put it so poetically at a talk session during the Festival. Doco-maker Aaron Petersen tackles the subject of Zach's Ceremony so directly in his film of that name. But the non-Indigenous director is in many ways just a medium for the very direct wishes of Alec Doomadgee, father, mentor and tormentor of the aforementioned Zach, who's brought up in the Sydney suburb of Concord but has been totally convinced by Dad that he cannot reach any sort of meaningful maturity without going through a full tribal initiation in Doomadgee, Garawa Country on the Gulf of Carpentaria. The film starts with the 10-year-old Zach asking seriously, “When can I do the ceremony that makes you a man, not just a little boy who thinks he knows everything?”. Fortunately, he doesn't have to totally rely on paint-up dancing in his suburban back garden. There are visits to Doomadgee to acclimatise – though these do force him to realise that, while he's 'Black' and bullied at Concord school, he's white and not the full» Read More

 

Milingimbi's Auction

Milingimbi's Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

In August of last year, AAD writer Jeremy Eccles wrote a review of an exhibition then headed for the Art Gallery of NSW to showcase the work of artists from Milingimbi from the 1950s. In it, he wrote that Milingimbi...» Read More

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART GALLERY FOR ALICE PROGRESSES

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART GALLERY FOR ALICE PROGRESSES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.03.17

The Northern Territory Government’s vision to build an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery in Alice Springs has received a major boost with a host of prominent industry experts joining the project Steering Committee. The Co-CEO of Hobart’s world-renowned Museum of...» Read More

 

Tracey Goes over the Horizon to Venice

Tracey Goes over the Horizon to Venice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.03.17

Indigenous photographer and film-maker, Tracey Moffatt has revealed just a few hints (and one image) of her contribution to this year's prestigious Venice Biennale. Called 'My Horizon', she has used a studio in the National Parks complex on Middle Head,...» Read More

 

Hector Burton

Hector Burton

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.17

It is with great regret that AAD reports the death of one of the great men of the APY Lands – Hector Tjupuru Burton: Red Ochre laureate, artist, traditional elder, Christian pastor and polemicist. It has to be recalled that...» Read More

 

INDIGENOUS STORIES IN CLAY

INDIGENOUS STORIES IN CLAY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.17

When a gallery that specialises in three dimensional art – whether in glass or clay – puts its mind to the Indigenous realm, then the result is likely to be pretty comprehensive. Anna Grigson from Sydney's Sabbia Gallery used to...» Read More

 

50,000 YEARS IN A HAIR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.03.17

Here is how the prestigious international magazine, 'Nature' announced one of the most fascinating scientific projects revealing Australia's extraordinary Indigenous past on March 8th: “Aboriginal Australians represent one of the longest continuous cultural complexes known. Archaeological evidence indicates that Australia...» Read More

 

JASPER JONES

JASPER JONES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.03.17

Is this new Australian film an Aboriginal film? It's a good question. For it's named after the “mixed race outcast” (played by Aaron McGrath from the excellent 'Gods of Wheat Street' and 'The Secret River' on TV) and is directed...» Read More

 

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Zach's Ceremony

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

A documentary film which featured at the Sydney Film Festival last June, and which Jeremy Eccles reviewed, is now hitting cinemas around Australia. We're re-running his review so he can you why it's well worth the outing. (Note: Zach's Ceremony...» Read More

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Milingimbi's Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

In August of last year, AAD writer Jeremy Eccles wrote a review of an exhibition then headed for the Art Gallery of NSW to showcase the work of artists from Milingimbi from the 1950s. In it, he wrote that Milingimbi...» Read More

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Milingimbi's Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

In August of last year, AAD writer Jeremy Eccles wrote a review of an exhibition then headed for the Art Gallery of NSW to showcase the work of artists from Milingimbi from the 1950s. In it, he wrote that Milingimbi...» Read More

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Japanese 'Didg' Star in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.02.17

News Source: Press Release Japanese artist and musician, Hiroki Morimoto, more popularly known as the artist Goma, is being brought to Sydney for the first time by The Japan Foundation for a special performance of his didgeridoo music for one...» Read More

 

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