Aboriginal peoples make little distinction between art and culture, living and being. Art enacts both the material and the immaterial; a painted or sculptured landscape, animal or ancestral being is the thing itself. In this way the ‘real’, the immaterial and the imaginary, exist both interchangeably and at the same time.
What can we learn from traditional indigenous knowledge and cultural practices (in the wake of pandemics and bush fires) which provides an integrated approach to sustainable living?
This Forum is run in conjunction with our current exhibition and to mark NAIDOC Week 2020.
Uncle Badger has been a long-time collaborator and friend of Bankstown Arts Centre. He is a respected artist from Wilcannia NSW, who has mastered a variety of mediums including printmaking, as well as carving and sculpting with wood, steel, emu egg and stone. His works of art incorporate the patterns, landforms, animals, plants and stories of Barkandji country and the Baaka.
In 2018, Badger created a site-specific permanent sculpture piece called West to East, in the Arts Centre courtyard. This was part of an ongoing Indigenous Artist Exchange with Broken Hill, our sister city.
Travis De Vries
Travis is a concept artist, podcaster and producer best known for creating artwork grounded in storytelling. His works draw on myth and his own heritage, to create interconnected storylines that spans the globe. Travis is also the co-host of the Broriginals podcast and the founder of Awesome Black, a First Nations digital content platform connecting audiences and creators.
Jennifer grew up in Narromine, NSW; descended from long lines of Wiradjuri and Australian yarn spinners. Jennifer lives on the Cooks River on Wangal Country. Jennifer is on the Canterbury Bankstown ATSI committee and Art & Cultural Reference group, she is also a lecturer at UTS in Aboriginal Studies and Adult education. She uses experiential education to help individuals celebrate their cultural identities but does this in a way that allows them to walk together comfortably with care and respect on Aboriginal land. Jennifer is a member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, sitting in both the Guardianship and the Administrative and Equal Opportunity Divisions.
Garry Jones is a printmaker, painter and sculptor, whose early experiences of racism in Western Sydney inform much of his practice today. As a member of the Mt Druitt-based Garage Graphic in the late 1980s, Garry developed a strong commitment to community, place, and cultural identity in suburban Sydney. Garry is an academic in visual arts and Indigenous studies at the University of Wollongong and has recently completed a PhD in visual art from the Australian National University.