The Soils Project: A Focus on First Nations discussion (recording)
A Focus on First Nations
Recording from the discussion that took place on Sunday 8 October 2023.
Artists Brooke Wandin (Wurundjeri) and Peta Clancy (Bangerang) in discussion with TarraWarra Director, Victoria Lynn about their works and the collaborative processes involved in The Soils Project. Having worked in close collaboration with the Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation (Coranderrk) to realise their projects, the artists discuss their interpretation of soil and the protocols involved in developing their projects.
The Soils Project is an ongoing research-based experimental project. It is a collaboration between TarraWarra Museum of Art; Struggles for Sovereignty, a collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and leading contemporary arts museum the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
About the speakers
Brooke Wandin (Wurundjeri)
Brooke Wandin is a Wurundjeri educator, language worker and artist. Brooke has developed and facilitated a range of cultural educational programs, providing Wurundjeri cultural and historical education for preschool to tertiary students. She is also one of the Directors of Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation. In 2022, she was the recipient of the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship at State Library Victoria, where she examined materials relating to Woiwurrung language to assist in the development of a Woiwurrung language database.
Peta Clancy (Bangerang)
Peta Clancy is a Bangerang artist living on Wurundjeri Country. She is a researcher in the Wominjeka Djeembana Indigenous practice-based research Lab at MADA (Monash University Art, Design and Architecture Faculty ). Clancy has been awarded numerous grants, including a Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board, in 2023. Her photographic installation Confluence, developed and realised on Wurundjeri Country at the confluence where Merri Creek meets the Birrarung, was exhibited in the group exhibition Slippery Images curated by Maggie Finch for Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2023. Her artwork has been exhibited widely at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad Branch, Russia; Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida; Bendigo Art Gallery; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her work is represented in major public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria; Bendigo Art Gallery; Ballarat Art Gallery; RMIT Collection; Artbank; and Parliament House Art Collection.
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Header image: Brooke Wandin and Megan Cope, biiknganjinu ngangudji – see our Country 2023 (detail), digital print of hand drawn map of Wurundjeri Country, original drawing by Megan Cope from panoramic photograph by Xain Milke, 55 x 1484 cm. Installation view, The Soils Project, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2023. Courtesy of the artist / Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
The Soils Project exhibition participants are:
Fellows and Artists
Uncle Dave Wandin (Wurundjeri) and Brooke Wandin (Wurundjeri), Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation; Peta Clancy (Bangerang); Megan Cope (Quandamooka) and Keg de Souza; D Harding (Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal); Badan Kajian Pertanahan (Bunga Siagian & Ismal Muntaha); Beyond Walls (Armando Ello, Jeremy Flohr, Glenda Pattipeilohy, Suzanne Rastovac); Wapke Feenstra; Lian Gogali and the Insitut Mosintuwu; Moelyono; Pluriversity weavers: Seynawiku Izquierdo Torres, Dwasimney Del Carmen Izquierdo Torres, Dwanimako Arroyo Izquierdo, María Eufemia Arroyo Izquierdo (Kwarte Umuke community, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia), Ana Bravo Pérez, Aldo Ramos, Aliki van der Kruijs, LI Yuchen; Riar Rizaldi; Yurni Sadariah (member of PEREMPUAN AMAN of Rangan Adat communities); Diewke van den Heuvel; Rolando Vázquez
Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation, Zena Cumpston (Barkandji), Antariksa, Dr Danny Butt, Dr Helen Hughes, Rolando Vázquez
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Sidney Myer Fund; the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands, Australia; the Mondriaan Fund, the public cultural funding organisation focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage; Dutch Culture; and Fasilitasi Bidang Kebudayaan (FBK) Interaksi Budaya, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of Indonesia.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Sidney Myer Fund; the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands, Australia; the Mondriaan Fund, the Public Cultural Funding Organisation focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage; Dutch culture; and Fasilitasi Bidang Kebudayaan (FBK) Interaksi Budaya, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of Indonesia.
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