untitled (transcriptions of country) looks at the colonial transportation, trade and translation of Australian native plants, animals and objects, and their associated Indigenous knowledges, by examining the 1800 – 1803 French expedition to Australia under the command of Captain Nicolas Baudin. The project, which traces these colonial narratives through acts of collaboration with and between participants. Since mid 2020, the collective has embroidered more than 150 of the plant specimens from Baudin’s archive.
Developed across 2020 and 2021, the project is highly collaborative and consultative, involving Sydney Aboriginal elders and knowledge holders such as Aunty Julie Freeman, Aunty Julie Christian and Peter Cooley, resulting in new cultural connections between Aboriginal and migrant communities from Afghanistan, India and Korea. This project also involves Parramatta Artists’ Studios’ The Adorn Collective. The work culminates in exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris in October 2021, and Artspace, Sydney in 2022.
Photos: Alicia Scott, 2021
The inaugural Front Room commission is led by artist Shay Tobin from Boorooberongal clan of the Dharug Nation.
Burramatta Badu depicts the Parramatta River, a place of great importance to Tobin’s community, the Dharug people:
“The water recently known as Parramatta River runs through the history of the Dharug. This river first cut its way into the sandstone and shale valley 15-29 million years before it was named. The people who first lived from the river saw Burramatta “- the place of the eels” as a meeting place. The fresh water and salt water people met here by following the waters. Now this place is known as Parramatta, and still used as a place of meeting for the many cultures of Sydney.”
Burramatta Badu maps the Parramatta River across Dharug country from the east, where salt water comes in, then westwards into the Blue Mountains. As well as stylised abstractions of geographical features, Burramatta Badu includes two local plants: the grass tree and pink flannel flowers, both symbols of renewal and repair.
Burramatta Badu by Shay Tobin. Photos: Alicia Scott 2021
For Invasion/Survival Day, 26 January 2021, I.C.E. commissioned “Ignorance” by Shanaya Donovan, a Dharug and Gumbaynggir high school student completing her HSC in 2021. Shanaya is an emerging writer from Western Sydney. The piece was shared via a social media campaign.
For Invasion/Survival Day, 26 January 2021, I.C.E. commissioned “Medicine Women of the Flannel Flower” by Dharug artist, Dianne Ussher and shared it via a social media campaign with excerpts of the artist statement.
On Wednesday, the 11th of November 2020, Information + Cultural Exchange hosted our NAIDOC Staff Development and Cultural Engagement day, led by Dharug Knowledge Holders and Custodians, Julie Clarke-Jones (Webb), Peta Strachan, and I.C.E. Associate Creative Producer, Dubs Yunupingu from Boorooberongal clan of the Dharug Nation and Gumatj from North East Arnhem land.
Photos: Alicia Scott 2020
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