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Symposium: Following the line, in association with 'Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors'

Symposium: Following the line, in association with 'Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors'

In association with the exhibition Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors, curated by Jonathan Jones, this symposium celebrates the Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia and the visual practices of Koori men’s work, and reflect on ways that ideas, images and practices have been translated through generations.

Image: Reko Rennie No sleep till Dreamtime 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects

6 Tracks
01 Artist talk: Steaphan Paton

Based in Melbourne, Steaphan Paton is a multidisciplinary artist from the Gunai nation of the Gippsland region in eastern Victoria. Paton has exhibited nationally and has worked on a number of projects including Boorun’s Canoe at Museum Victoria, with his late grandfather, Albert Mullett. Paton talks about the 2013 Cloaked combat series of works and the complexities of colonisation.

Image: Reko Rennie 'No sleep till Dreamtime’ 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.

02 Artist talk: Reko Rennie

Reko Rennie is a Melbourne-based artist from the Kamilaroi nation of north-west New South Wales. Drawing on political and historical Indigenous narratives, Rennie has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Rennie has developed a distinctive style by working across mediums to create major artworks. In Rennie’s artist talk he discusses his practice and reflects on the concepts and symbols he routinely employs.

Image: Reko Rennie 'No sleep till Dreamtime’ 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.

03 Artist talk: Roy Kennedy

Uncle Roy Kennedy was brought up at Police Paddock Mission at Darlington Point, near Griffith, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Graduating from Eora Centre TAFE (Technical and Further Education) as a master printmaker, Kennedy won the 2009 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize. In his artist’s talk Kennedy discusses his childhood growing up on the mission and reflects on his mum’s mission at Warangesda.

Image: Reko Rennie 'No sleep till Dreamtime’ 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.

04 Jonathan Jones and Carol Cooper discuss artist William Barak

Exhibition curator Jonathan Jones and historian Carol Cooper, Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia, discuss the life and work of senior Wurundjeri artist William Barak.

Image: Reko Rennie 'No sleep till Dreamtime’ 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.

05 Rodney Carter: Mul-kur nartin - to think (thoughts) of shield

Rodney Carter is from the Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta people of central and northern Victoria. Carter has spent many years in the museum and cultural sector, including working at Museum Victoria, and has been leading the discussion on understanding cultural material. Carter serves on a number of boards, including the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, and is currently CEO of the Dja Dja Wurrung Group. Carter discusses the ongoing importance and development of cultural practices in the south-east.

Image: Reko Rennie 'No sleep till Dreamtime’ 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.

06 Jonathan Jones: Introduction to 'Murruwaygu - following in the footsteps of our ancestors'

Jonathan Jones is a Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and curator based in Sydney and is the curator of the exhibition 'Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors’. He has worked at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art programs, and is currently a freelance curator and researcher working on a number of community projects. Jones discusses the exhibition concept, its development and some of the research themes that have emerged.

Image: Reko Rennie 'No sleep till Dreamtime’ 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.