Issue 40:2 | June 2020 | INDIGENOUS_Kin Constellations
INDIGENOUS_Kin Constellations
Issue 40:2 | June 2020
Issue 35:4 | December 2015 | Korea
Issue 35:4 | December 2015
Issue 35:1 | March 2015 | Art & War: Badlands
Art & War: Badlands
Issue 35:1 | March 2015
Issue 33:2 | June 2013 | Indigenous: Re-visions
Indigenous: Re-visions
Issue 33:2 | June 2013
Issue 30:1 | March 2010 | Blak on Blak
Blak on Blak
Issue 30:1 | March 2010
Issue 29:1 | March 2009 | Time
Issue 29:1 | March 2009
Issue 27:2 | June 2007 | The South Issue: New Horizons
The South Issue: New Horizons
Issue 27:2 | June 2007
Issue 26:4 | December 2006 | Elders: The Old Magic
Elders: The Old Magic
Issue 26:4 | December 2006
Issue 25:2 | June 2005 | Remote
Issue 25:2 | June 2005
Issue 19:1 | March 1999 | Mining the Archive
Mining the Archive
Issue 19:1 | March 1999


Knowledge positions in Aotearoa and Turtle Island art museums

An interview with First Nations curators Kathleen Ash-Milby, Maia Nuku and Nigel Borell.

Brendan Kennedy: Dindi Thangi Wudungi

I am of the Tati Tati, Latji Latji, Wadi Wadi, Mutti Mutti, Yitha Yitha and Nari Nari peoples of the Murray River, Murrumbidgee River, Lachlan River, Edwards River and Wakool River Country in Australia.

I continue to practice and share my Ancestral peoples connection to Mother Earth through my art, songs, dance, language, cultural heritage, customs, beliefs, spirituality and knowledges. I care for Country and my people and I will remain on Country forever, just as my Ancestral people always have since creation.

Punāʻoa Resources

In 2019 I composed a poster form multilingual guide in Sāmoan, French and English called Punāʻoa o ʻupu mai ʻo atumotu/Glossaire des archipels to represent currents of thought and action in international Indigenous visual cultures. I worked with my friend, celebrated Nêhiyâw typographer and graphic designer Sébastien Aubin, to render my learnings from a constellation of mentors, knowledge keepers and sources during my doctoral research into international Indigenous curatorial practice into a poster form multilingual guide. The work draws on extensive discussions, residencies, exhibitions, gatherings throughout 2015–18 across the Great Ocean from north‑eastern North America to south‑eastern Australia.

qšiqšimuʔ, many stars, many olivella

kʔimitʸɨ, we are far away.

tsʔiqɨʔ, the tides are low.

qšimuʔ, like many words in tɨnɨsmuʔ tiłhinktitʸu, explains a story rather than a fixed or singular vocabulary. Olivella biplicata has a gorgeous shell, with colours that smoothly transition from stark white to milky lavender to rich honey golds, in combination or alone, along a softly curving spire. A being reflecting spiritual wealth and a symbol of exchange from our homelands spanning mountain ranges east to nitspu nakota ktitʸu, south well beyond recently imagined lines of occupying nations, and along margins of the sea north to nitspu unangan ktitʸu, qšimuʔ grounds yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini in a vast network of relation. yakʔitɨnɨsmuʔ wa yakʔitotomol, which echo the cadence, vocabulary, and sewn-planks of many other nations, extend these connections well across łpasini, the one ocean.

Kin‑dling and other radical relationalities

On a night in the woods north of Tallahassee at Pine Arbor Tribal Community, Mvskoke scholar, linguist and elder Sakim told me that in Muscogee (Creek) cosmology, what we know of as the Milky Way is the path of ancestors—and he said, “I think we all know, our bodies are stars.” And the belt of Orion? It isn’t a belt. And it isn’t Orion. It’s a butterfly. And the belt part is actually the juicy middle part of the butterfly. And the top wing is this world and the bottom wing is a reflection of this world. And then there’s that liminal, juicy line. So there’s always you, and there’s always the reflection of you, in play.

Korean heat at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Alison Carroll on the legacy of the Asia Pacific Triennial as the place to see Korean art in Australia
The public good of private museums in Korea
Chang Seung-yeon on the the conspicuous activity of the private art museum run by corporations and individuals
We are Korean: Cultural agency is power
David Pledger looks at the role of arts and culture in globalising national economies and contrasts Korean and Australian strategic thinking
The rogue aesthetic practice of crossing the DMZ
Gim Jong-gil on the seditious seed that is the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea
Art–science convergence: High-tech/media/robotics/post-human
Hye Jin Mun on the intersection between the arts and sciences in Korean art
Filling the holes of history with the present: Cho Duck Hyun, Noh Suntag and Jo Haejun
Jung Hyun on three Korean artists who deal with history in strikingly different ways
Art that embraces the village and its residents
Kim Hae-gon on the Maeulmisul Art Project supporting regional renewal
Art museums rule: State support for grand visions
Kim Inhye on Seoul’s evolving infrastructure of museums, independent artists’ spaces and residency programs
Ecology and new border paradigms: The Real DMZ Project 2015
Lee Sun Young on practices that shed light on the division and possibilities for reunification of North and South Korea
An alternative to the Korean Wave
Roald Maliangkay on soft power, street cred and the Korean Wave
Cultural conversations: An oral history project
Paul McGillick on an online archive generating a unique cultural exchange between Australia and South Korea
Are we engaged or just hanging out? Korea–Australia arts exchange
Sarah Bond on the act of giving and taking as cultural exchange
Three Korean artists at the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
Yeon Shim Chung on artists Choi Jeong-Hwa, Haegue Yang, and Siren eun young jung
Video and performance art in Korea: A force majeure
Yoo Jin Sang on the evolving forms of performative practice in contemporary Korean art
The world of Dansaekhwa: Spirit, tactility and performance
Yoon Jin Sup, the acknowledged authority on the 20th-century movement of Dansaekhwa, traces its resurgence today as an expression of the enduring presence of ancient culture in this outwardly most material of societies
An interview with BG Muhn on the art of North Korea
Yvonne Boag interviews BG Muhn about his forthcoming book on the Passion, Propaganda and Paradox of North Korean Art to be published by Seoul Selections, and an exhibition at the American University Museum in Washington in 2016
Recalling history to duty: 100 years of Australian war art
Ryan Johnston on Australia's official war art scheme.
Good Medicine
Being Aboriginal doesn’t make you wise, spiritual or even good at art. Being Aboriginal is historical just like being any other nationality or ethnicity. All art can be examined ethnographically, all people can be examined ethnographically.
The dearth of criticism
Some artists are often heard to complain about the lack of honest criticism of Aboriginal art. But in such a limited sphere, criticising an Aboriginal artist in formal or aesthetic terms, or at a deeper level, is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. Too often, critics play the man and not the ball. Can we handle the truth?
Let's be polite

Editor Daniel Browning interviews artist Vernon Ah Kee who discusses the lack of criticism of Aboriginal art and the abundance of 'mass production' Aboriginal art emanating from remote communities seen by some as 'real Aboriginal art' but in the eyes of Ah Kee simply and uncritically playing into false romantic notions of the lives of Aboriginal people.

Toward Indigenous Criticism: The Ah Kee paradox
Métis artist, curator and academic David Garneau explores the current situation of indigenous art through increasing global links and connections. 
Ich Bin Ein Aratjara: 20 years later
Aboriginal super-curator Djon Mundine, who travelled to Europe in 1994 as touring curator with the significant exhibition Aratjara: art of the first Australians, looks back at the genesis and reception of that exhibition. He asks where is the political impetus evident in Aratjara today and where is the Aboriginal input into the development of national survey exhibitions.
The limits of criticism
Anthropologist John Carty casts his eyes over the last ten years of writing on Desert art, mostly in newspapers, and finds many cliches and inconsistencies. He asks: "Where are the fine-grained localised art histories, the rich biographies of our most interesting and important individual artists? Where are their voices?" And replies: "They are still waiting in the Desert."
My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Interview with Bruce McLean
On curating My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, opening at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane on 1 June 2013. 
The archive in the contemporary
The artworks of Danie Mellor, Brian Robinson and Christian Thompson each draw on archival material for subject matter, for inspiration, and to develop new work that harks back and forward at the same time.
Spirits beyond borders: Shadowlife
Curator and Associate Director of Taiwan Culture and Creative Platform Foundation Antoanetta Ivanovna, resident in Taiwan since 2011, discusses the travelling exhibition Shadowlife curated by Djon Mundine and Natalie King, and its impact in Taiwan where consciousness of their indigenous people is not as developed as it is in Australia.
Ghostnets go global, and local
Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea, lost accidentally, or deliberately discarded. The GhostNet Project, which began on islands and in communities around the top of Australia, uses the nets to make artworks, to raise awareness of marine pollution, to be creative. Awareness of Ghostnets is on the rise both nationally and internationally.
Disquiet and resistance in the art of Julie Gough
Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria Judith Ryan surveys the complex and inventive art practice of Julie Gough who is concerned with "developing a visual language to engage with the unsettling space between conflicting and subsumed Australian histories."
Ken Thaiday Senior, Darnley Man
Exhibitions Manager at Cairns Regional Gallery Justin Bishop tells the rich story of how Ken Thaiday Sr. came to be a major Torres Strait Islander artist. In August 2013, Cairns Regional Gallery, in partnership with Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), will be presenting a survey exhibition of Ken Thaiday Sr.’s work.
Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri curator and lecturer Jirra Harvey traces the career of self-taught graffiti and studio artist Reko Rennie. He uses a traditional Kamilaroi patterning in neon and in graffiti as a contemporary statement of sovereignity. Harvey says: "The subtext to such works is a running narrative on government practices that work to control and restrain Aboriginal communities and the subsequent rebellion of the people."
Jimmy Pike: there is more
Curator and writer Karen Dayman fills in the background of the development of the work and broadens the profile of Great Sandy Desert artist Jimmy Pike whose skills took him around the world and into collaborations with Desert Designs, with his partner Pat Lowe and with the theatre.
The road to Pormpuraaw
Filmmaker Peter Hylands writes about a recent visit to the remote Pormpuraaw Art Centre in Far North Queensland. Here he talks with artist Sid Bruce Short Joe who speaks nine languages, the ninth is English.
Rainforest identity (past and future)
Napolean Oui is a Cairns-based, mid-career, Djabugay artist and a proud advocate of the rainforest art style unique to Far North Queensland. 2012 was a breakthrough year for him, he did a residency at Studio PM with Paul Machnik and others in Montreal, developed new work at Djumbunji Press for a solo show at Kickarts Contemporary Arts in Cairns during the Art Fair, AND sold work to the National Gallery of Australia.
String theory: Karen Mills
Michelle Culpitt examines the work practice of Northern Territory artist Karen Mills whose paintings are inspired by the string bags made by the women weavers of Arnhem Land. Culpitt writes: "The articulation of her painterly vision is only possible at the nexus of her experience and influences as an Aboriginal woman in contemporary Australia, a place of both deep connection and belonging to country, and also disjuncture and dislocation from a nation in denial of its own history."
Black prints* @ Cicada Press
Cicada Press is a research group within the School of Art at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (COFA UNSW). For the past six years Cicada Press, with Tess Allas from the School of Art History and Art Education, have been working closely with a number of Aboriginal artists from across the country.
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