Bankstown Biennale

Bankstown Biennale
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SubTerrains Bankstown Biennale 2022 is a First Nations artists’ led response to local narratives of land, water and historical truths buried within Bankstown’s landscape. 

Co-curated by Nicole Monks and Vandana Ram.

Exhibition Artists:

Abdul Abdullah, Aroha Groves, Carmen Glynn-Braun, Cigdem Aydemir, Dean Kelly, Jamie Eastwood, Jason Wing, Juxta, Kerrie Kenton, Lucy Simpson, Maddison Gibbs, Nardi Simpson, Paula do Prado, Theatre Kantanka

SubTerrains opens 8 October and runs through to 26 November.

Where: Bankstown Arts Centre, Incubate Artists Studio​​

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Images by Document Photography​
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Meet the Artists
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Abdul Abdullah is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist with a practice primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ and is particularly interested in the disjuncture between perception/projection of identity and the reality of lived experience. Identifying as a Muslim and having both Malay/Indonesian and convict/settler Australian heritage, Abdullah occupies a precarious space in the political discourse that puts him at odds with popular definitions. He sees himself as an artist working in the peripheries of a peripheral city, in a peripheral country, orbiting a world on the brink.
Instagram: @abdul_abdullah
Website. abdulabdullah.com
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​​Aroha Groves is a Gomeroi, Weilwan and Dharawal artist born in the Bankstown area, who has worked in various mediums, from digital to hand-built installations. Her work speaks to her heritage, with themes always coming back to Indigenous motifs such as cultural objects and plants. 

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Carmen Glynn-Braun is a cross disciplinary artist with family connections to the Kaytetye, Anmatyerr and Arrernte people. Her unique upbringing of living between Inner City Sydney and Alice Springs is reflected within her artistic practice, employing a trans-disciplinary approach inspired by both urban space as well familial and cultural methods of making. Glynn-Braun’s work predominantly explores the lived experiences of Aboriginal women, translated through gentle and experimental approaches to materials and form. She seeks to use her work as a platform to uplift, empower and ensure First Nations storytelling is preserved for generations to come.

Instagram: @carmenglynnbraun
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Cigdem Aydemir is a Sydney-based artist working in the mediums of installation, performance and video art. Her socially and politically engaged art practice investigates possibilities for intersubjective and transcultural communication with an interest in post-colonial and feminist issues. Much of her work expands on the veil as a culturally constructed site and as material realisation, while exploring the veiled woman cipher as resistant female other and as lived experience. Through critiquing, decolonizing and queering mechanisms, Cigdem questions established relations of power, while producing work that is driven equally by research, play, criticism and humour.

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Dean Kelly is both a South Coast NSW Saltwater Yuin, Walbunja, Dhoorga Gurandgi cultural man through his father, and Western NSW Freshwater stone country cultural Wailwan, Nypampai Man through his mother. Kelly is a member of the Botany Bay Aboriginal Community and is also accepted as belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal Community. As a Cultural Practitioner, his true passion and cultural obligation is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage. 


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Jamie Eastwood is a First nations artist born on Gadigal country and inherits his Aboriginality from his traditional Grandmothers country Brewarrina far western NSW Ngamba Tribe and his ancestry of his mothers, who is a descendent of king Bungaree of the Hawkesbury Kuring - Gai Darug People. Easwtood’s artistic practice is to combine traditional and non-traditional colors and imagery to tell his story as an Aboriginal artis. He chooses to paint in this way as a means of visually reconciling the audience and as an affirmation of his people and identity.



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 Jason Wing questions our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality through his practice. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.  Wing’s work is held in both private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Wing's first monograph was published by Artspace 2014. He was recently selected in the Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, NSW, 2017.



Instagram: @jasonwing1
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​​Kerrie Kenton is a First Nations Artist and a Wangal Woman of Sydney. Kerrie holds many commissions and public art works to her name across Sydney. Her works are held in collections in Australia and overseas. Kerrie is a multidisciplinary visual artist and her works reflect and connect with her First Nations Heritage and Ancestry. 

“Art allows me to express myself without having to speak. Transcending boundaries of race, religion & gender. My art reconnects me to Country & is intricately woven with knowledge, kinship, stories & song.” – Kerrie Kenton

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Lucy Simpson is a Sydney based Yuwaalaraay woman, and process-led designer / maker who explores notions of time and place through materiality and visual narratives which connect, record and communicate experience and story - both old and new. Her design practice works to honour and translate stories of country, creating First Nations perspectives and presence through conceptual and tactile installation works, projects within the built environment, and throughout the public domain. Lucy's career in design has spanned 10 years since graduating from UNSW Art & Design, having also established design studio and textiles label Gaawaa Miyay. She continues to work across a wide range of mediums and disciplines and has developed and  collaborated on a range of commercial, artistic, community based projects throughout this time

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​​​Maddison Gibbs is a proud Barkindji woman who grew up in Dubbo, NSW. She currently lives and works between Sydney and Kandos, NSW. Both artist and activist, Maddison Gibbs practice examines dual histories – focusing on stories of past and present Aboriginal societies and spirit. A multidisciplinary artist, Gibbs works across a wide spectrum of cultural praxis, utilising many methods and ideologies. Current thematics include intergenerational stories of contemporary Aboriginal affairs – with a focus on telling women’s narratives.


Instagram @gibbsmaddie
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Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay writer, musician, storyteller and educator from NSW’s north west freshwater plains. As a member of Indigenous duo Stiff Gins, Nardi has travelled nationally and internationally for the past 20 years, performing in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands. Nardi is the recipient of the 2018 Black&Write! Indigenous Writers Fellowship with the state library of Queensland author of Song of the Crocodile. Nardi is a participant in Ngaria Burria Indigenous Composures initiative and the musical director of Barayagal, a cross cultural choir run out of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019. Nardi is also a Gamilaraay Language teacher and cultural consultant heavily involved in the teaching and sharing of culture in both her Sydney and Yuwaalaraay communities.

 Photo: Image by Lucy Simpson, courtesy of Nardi Simpson

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​Paula do Prado is a visual artist who works with tejidos/weavings as an active form of reclaiming, remembering and resisting. Her practice surfaces the intersections of her Bantu, Iberian and Charrúan ancestral lineages. She holds a BFA, First Class Honours (Textiles) and a MFA (Research) from the University of New South Wales Art & Design. She has recently been selected to include work in the 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial 2023 and is currently a PhD candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.


Website:www.pauladoprado.net
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Nicole Monks  is a trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage. Living and practicing in Redfern, Monks is informed by her cross-cultural identity and her work takes its focus from storytelling, as a way to connect the past with the present and future.




Instagram @Nicole_Monks 
Website: nicolemonks.com
Photo: Dan Boud

 

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JUXTA is a live development of our original online project, which featured 24 artists who each created a sound or video work in response to the theme of WATER. These works were uploaded to a specifically designed website - https://juxta.studio. This led to a live, club style iteration that was presented at Bankstown Arts Centre’s as part of the NEXUS in April 2022. With 18 new commissions, responding to the theme of FIRE, we used V/DJs to select and mix the video and audio ‘tracks’ for a live audience.


Instagram: @juxtastudio
Website: juxta.studio 
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Kantanka is a creative collective led by artist Carlos Gomes that incorporates the talents of visiting artists, who collaborate on a project-by-project basis. Since Kantanka’s inception in 1995, the company has been making contemporary art, reflecting on our diverse society. Kantanka has created a number of significant productions using ancient tales, diverse cultural influences, non-traditional sites, and new technologies’, while employing a dymanic visual design and strong physical aesthetic.

See their installation at our Incubate Artists Studio.
When: 8 October-5 November, Saturdays, 10am-4pm

Website: kantankacreative.com

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Images by Document Photography​

Proudly funded by NSW Government
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