MY URRWAI

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.18

Incredibly, Belvoir Theatre in Sydney has shows Upstairs and Downstairs that originate from the Torres Strait. That's an impressive first. Jimi Bani may fill the bigger venue nightly with laughs, but Ghenoa Gela presses you against the walls of the tiny Downstairs venue with a performance that's simply a force of nature. And it's by no means all laughs. Mind you, you're lead into believing that this little chunk of the TSI with the most appealing pair of eyes on any stage in Australia is going to woo you with folksy words and movement (actually, the movement comes first, then the Meriam Mer language, and only than her perfect English). But, as the show progresses – more side-steps than forward progression – we get into politics, sexuality, police harassment, religion and some serious culture. And Ghenoa – or is it Genoa with a soft G, the debate remained unresolved at the end, so I settled for Noa Girl! - takes you with her all the way. For this is a woman sunk deep into Island culture – especially the dance side of it – despite being born and brought up in Rocky – Rockhampton to non-Queenslanders, the beef capital of Australia. Her parents – especially a hard task-master of a Dad, who sat stony-faced through his daughter's opening performance in Sydney despite her best efforts to improvise some rapport – were determined not to lose their cultures, both traditional and Christian, following the 19th Century Coming of the Light. At the end, he applauded as hard as anyone – so her efforts must have paid-off. And Ghenoa claimed that, as a result, she was the last one left to dance her grandmother (Aka's) dance on Moa – which she reports doing to the accompaniment of the sort of drums and» Read More

 

Canada's First People First

Canada's First People First

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.01.18

I first seriously became aware of Canada's Aboriginal people in 2010 when my daily Google feed of online mentions for “Aboriginal art” started to trend towards almost 50% Canadian content. It was the Vancouver Winter Olympics which had pressured that...» Read More

 

MISSION SONGS PROJECT

MISSION SONGS PROJECT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.01.18

The Sydney Festival kicked off with two Torres Strait Islander tributes – Jimi Bani's autobiography at Belvoir (which I've missed) and Jessie Lloyd's on-going 'Mission Songs' project to collect the music which kept exiled Indigenous people alive during the 'Mish'...» Read More

 

SWEET COUNTRY

SWEET COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.01.18

Oh boy, has Warwick Thornton set us a series of virtually unanswerable ethical questions in his latest film as director and cinematographer! 'Sweet Country', his successor in terms of its examination of the Aboriginal condition in Central Australia to the...» Read More

 

The UN comes to Sydney Airport

The UN comes to Sydney Airport

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.12.17

Sydney Airport and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) this week announced that Toowoomba-born Kamilaroi artist Archie Moore has been selected to realise a major work of contemporary art for the airport’s T1 International Terminal. 'United Neytions' is a...» Read More

 

CHRISTMAS GOODIES

CHRISTMAS GOODIES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.17

If you're looking for that last minute Christmas present to grace your loved ones' coffee tables for 2018, look no further than Jacquie McPhee's self-published book about her collection under the title, 'the greatest passion of all'. It's full of...» Read More

 

TOMMY WATSON

TOMMY WATSON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.17

It's been confirmed that the 82 year-old Tommy Yannima Watson has died in Alice Springs. The old man produced scores of glorious paintings reflecting an extraordinary ability to abstract his deep understanding of Pitjanjatjara law and legend, but was cruelly...» Read More

 

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.12.17

It sounds like a rock group. It is an all-girl rock group, that just happens to be lead by the Kunwinjku/Yugoslav actor Ursula Yovich – an 'Aboriginal' actor who has achieved colour-blind cross-over into shows like 'Mother Courage', 'Snugglepot and...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

CHRISTMAS GOODIES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.17

If you're looking for that last minute Christmas present to grace your loved ones' coffee tables for 2018, look no further than Jacquie McPhee's self-published book about her collection under the title, 'the greatest passion of all'. It's full of...» Read More

Industry Corner: Australia

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.11.17

The sale of a collection of five works by the most elite of the original Papunya Masters at 15-20% discount has been extended until 25th of December 2017 (when unsold works will be withdrawn). These artists have achieved some of...» Read More

Events: Event

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the AAD failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department to handling...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

 

 


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