UTS ART and Jumbunna Institute are pleased to present Living in Their Times, a multi-disciplinary program of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum during National Reconciliation Week 2017.
Living in Their Times reflects on the lineage of Aboriginal self-determination and activism that preceded and followed the landmark 1967 Referendum, in which Australians voted to formally remove passages from the Australian constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal people. Curated by Djon Mundine, the program of diverse stories will take place on several sites across the UTS campus.
It will include a restaging of Bungaree’s Farm, an immersive three-channel video installation reflecting on the life of Bungaree, an important Aboriginal figure in colonial Australia and the first person to be referred to as an “Australian”. First staged at Mosman Art Gallery in 2015, this unique collaborative project led by Djon Mundine explored the legacy of Bungaree through contributions by contemporary Indigenous artists including Daniel Boyd, Jason Wing, Peter McKenzie, Leanne Tobin, Amala Groom, BLAK Douglas (Adam Hill), Leah Flanagan, Sandy Woods, Chantelle Woods, Caroline Oakley, Bjorn Stewart, Karla Dickens and Warwick Keen.
Mundine will also curate a display of works by the late Robert Campbell Jr. (1944-1993), whose work captured his experience of discrimination growing up and living in the mid-North Coast region of NSW. These important works will be displayed alongside a new installation inspired by Campbell Jr.’s uniquely stylised human figures, creating a monumental presence in the central foyer of the UTS Tower building. These works will be on display until July 2017.
Accompanying the special screening of Bungaree’s Farm will be a film program of shorts, documentaries and features curated by filmmaker and programmer Pauline Clague. This film selection will delve deeper into the diverse lives and times of Aboriginal people in the fight for self-determination and the continuation of sovereignty.
IMPACT Coinciding with this one-off event is the UTS Gallery exhibition Impact, examining the long-term effects and ongoing presence of colonisation on First Nation communities in Australia and the Pacific region. New media and video works by Michael Cook, Fiona Foley, Taloi Havini and Angela Tiatia explore narratives of dispossession, alienation, conflict, gender, race and history. The exhibition runs from 9 May to 30 June. Impact is a touring exhibition from Cairns Regional Gallery, originally presented as part of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2016.