How can we undo the damage done by colonialism? What could it mean for us as individuals? Through reflecting
on the impact of colonisation upon her sense of self as an Aboriginal woman, Katie West has developed her
own method of decolonisation. Decolonist is a space to experience West’s personal meditation practice, where
breathing out the traumas of colonisation and breathing in a decolonised state of mind can give life to philosophy
and action that might dominate a new decolonised Australian reality.
Katie West is an emerging artist and Yindjibarndi woman who has lived her life on Noongar Yued and Noongar
Whadjuk countries. West’s artistic practice is shaped by her family’s experience of the Stolen Generations, studies
in sociology and work experience in the area of Indigenous health. This will be the artists first solo exhibition in
22 July – 21 August
Mind The Gap, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff (VIC)
Mind the Gap is a somewhat dark and politically charged meditation on the gap between Australian
cultures. It is not asking us to close the gap, to homogenise or assimilate; rather it asks us to acknowledge
the gap, nurture the gap, celebrate the diversity rather than deny its existence. It encourages us to question
and hold ourselves accountable for our actions as global citizens.
The work aims to highlight post-colonial mannerisms and differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
ways of understanding and valuing land. Mind the Gap encourages us to imagine a future with deeper
reconciliation and stronger acknowledgment of our true history rather than having our heads in the sand.
Corrupt, Mike Gray (WA)
Corrupt is a series of digital photographs that have been corrupted by randomly inserting personal
confessions, computer code, and Australian popular culture references into the image when opened in a
text-based code editor. When the digital files are subsequently re-opened as images the corruption
manifests itself in unpredictable ways.
There is an element of chance in this process that is similar to the entropy found in natural systems.
In some respects, the images bring the abject (code) to the same level as the sublime (nature), the
grotesque next to the romantic. This could be seen as the two extremes of the nature / culture axis
meeting each other.