Moorina Bonini, bawu (body), 2023, video still.
Moorina Bonini, bawu (body), 2023, video still.
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These Arms Hold

6 July 2024 - 8 September 2024

Curator: Maya Hodge

Artist(s): Gabi Briggs, Indiana Hunt, Moorina Bonini, and Tarryn Love.

Location: The Main Gallery

Women who watch their families, homes, indeed everything that had defined their worlds were devastated by invasion and then ongoing colonisation. […] But among the stories of tragedy and terror, are those of outlaw women.” - Associate Professor Nicole Watson (2022). 

Aboriginal women have always been warriors, from Frontier Wars to now, whose histories have been erased because of colonial violence. For hundreds of years Aboriginal women in Victoria have fought for their self-preservation, their communities, their children and their Country.  

Encompassing film, installation, craft and conversations, These Arms Hold is a collaborative exhibition project by artists Moorina Bonini, Tarryn Love, Indiana Hunt and Gabi Briggs whose work as sovereign Aboriginal creatives seek to acknowledge the resistance of the women in their families and communities. Like a digging stick, this exhibition serves two purposes; to pay respects to all Aboriginal women, and to carve out space to honour themselves as embodiments of their legacies. 

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This project is co-presented with Blak Dot Gallery. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

 

Black RGB Horizontal.

 

Maya Hodge

Maya Hodge is a proud Lardil and Yangkaal woman raised in Mildura, Victoria, currently based on the lands of the Kulin Nation (Melbourne). Focusing on how artistic processes act as a way of healing, Maya’s creative practice, music and writing explores the power of disrupting colonial narratives through curatorial and project-based work dedicated to uplifting First Nations autonomy and storytelling. Maya has previously worked as Assistant Curator at the Koorie Heritage Trust and Blak Dot Gallery. She has worked on various projects, residencies and programs with Short Black Opera, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, West Space, KINGS Artist-Run, Signal, Culture Is Life, Arts House and YIRRAMBOI Festival. Maya completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in Art History and Curating at Monash University in 2021.

 

Gabi Briggs

Gabi Briggs is a Koori woman from the sovereign Anaiwan and Gumbangier peoples and has been raised on country in Armidale, NSW. She relocated to the unceded lands of the Wurunjeri people where she is currently completing her BFA at RMIT. Gabi works primarily with photography but also works within different mediums such as video and performance. Gabi is a co-founder of Sovereign Apocalypse and is a member of the Tiddas Take Back collective.

 

Indiana Hunt

 

Moorina Bonini

Moorina Bonini is a proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna  and the Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri and Wiradjuri Briggs/McCrae family. Moorina is an artist whose works are informed by her experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman. Her practice attempts to disrupt and critique the eurocentric foundations that centralise Indigenous categorisation within western institutions. By unsettling the narrative placed upon Aboriginal people as a result of colonisation of Aboriginal Australia, Bonini’s practice is based within Indigenous Knowledge systems and brings this to the fore. Moorina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Moorina is currently a research candidate at Monash University where she is undertaking a PhD within the Wominjeka Djeembana Research Lab.

Her work has been exhibited in various shows across Australia and also internationally. Galleries and Institutions include ACMI, The Shed (NY), Sydney Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Koorie Heritage Trust. Moorina has produced and co-curated art and cultural programs across RMIT University, the University of Melbourne and Shepparton Art Museum.

 

Tarryn Love

Tarryn Love is a proud Gunditjmara Keerray Woorroong woman from south-west Victoria and has grown up on Wadawurrung Country. Tarryn’s practice exists in the space of creative cultural expression.

She is a koorroyarr, teenyeen ngapang, tyeentyeeyt ngapangyarr and wanoong ngeerrang - granddaughter, youngest daughter, youngest sister and proud Aunty. Tarryn creates under the collective of Koorroyarr which means ‘grandaughter’ in her Mother Tongue, honouring her positionality as a Gunditjmara woman. Koorroyarr represents that the sustainability of her cultural practice is in the sharing of knowledge and pays respect to her family and Ancestors, past and living. Tarryn’s work represents the distinctiveness of Gunditjmara ways of Knowing, Being and Doing that is not one way but constantly happening and changing.

Overall, she aims to explore her identity in the here and now while centring language and carrying on the work of remembering, reclamation, regeneration, and revitalisation.

Friday, 5 July, 6-8pm

The opening night, with speeches and a Welcome to Country, will be held at Incinerator Gallery alongside exhibitions anti-aria for ater- and EPAR OPAR.

More information coming soon.