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DANJOO - INTERWOVEN
Danjoo - Interwoven celebrates local Aboriginal culture, Country, language and visual arts practice in Western Australia. Midland Junction Arts Centre is situated on Whadjuk boodja and the eastern region that surrounds Midland is home to the largest Aboriginal population in metropolitan WA. Danjoo - Interwoven builds on MJAC’s commitment to working with Aboriginal artists and communities and provides the catalyst to cultivate a program that connects with, reflects and celebrates the local community.
An exhibition of eighteen local professional Aboriginal artists, and a community exhibition celebrating weaving and language are complimented by a residency by emerging Noongar artist Rohin Kickett, a performance by celebrated Noongar singer songwriter Gina Williams and guitarist Guy Ghouse , and a series of painting printmaking, photography, weaving and professional development workshops led by or for Aboriginal artists.
Curated by Wadandi/Minang/Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor and Greg Sikich
Danjoo - Interwoven celebrates local Aboriginal culture, Country, language and visual arts practice in Western Australia, proudly presenting new and recent artworks by eighteen Aboriginal artists from or now residing in the south west corner of the state. Danjoo – meaning together in Bibbulmun Noongar language reflects the bringing together of established, mid-career and emerging Aboriginal artists working in diverse art forms, presenting artworks that speak of local Aboriginal culture and contemporary, personal, social and political issues.
In conjunction with Danjoo - Interwoven, artworks made by Moorditj Noongar Community College children and participants of recent weaving workshops with Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor will be showcased. Visitors are invited to enjoy a soundscape of Bibbulmun words while taking part in the interactive weaving space.
Rohin Kickett is a Noongar artist from the Ballardong region. Rohin’s artworks are inspired by his family stories of strength and survival, along with his own personal experiences growing up in Perth. Born within 50km of where his family first made contact with settlers, his connection to the Ballardong region runs deep within his family.
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