The Unbound Collective


Climate Century

Sovereign Acts III – REFUSE is the third work in a trilogy of research, video and performance works by The Unbound Collective. Called Bound and Unbound: Sovereign Acts, the trilogy has explored the capacity of ideas to both bind and set free, alongside cultural continuance and institutional containment. The Unbound Collective brings together four First Nations women who are working across art, activism and academia.

Sovereign Acts III – REFUSE continues their investigation through the lens of community continuity, environmental campaigning, and the Port River. Through their ongoing research and collaborative practices Unbound are exploring critical-creative resistance and refusal to acts of environmental degradation on Aboriginal land, the role of Aboriginal women in caring for Country, intergeneration transmission of knowledge and sovereignty through protest.

Join Unbound and their collaborators for a very special evening event, in two parts, that brings together this research through performance, ceremony and conversation.

Download full program here

Company/Presenter Profile

The Unbound Collective are Ali Gumillya Baker (Mirning Nation), Simone Ulalka Tur (Antikirnya/Yankunytjatjara), Faye Rosas Blanch (Mbararam/ Yidinyji), and Natalie Harkin (Narrunga Nation).

Ali Gumillya Baker shifts the colonial gaze through film, performance, projection, and grandmother-stories. Simone Ulalka Tur’s performance and poetics enact an intergenerational transmission of story-work through education. Faye Rosas Blanch engages rap theory to embody sovereignty and the shedding of the colonial skin. Natalie Harkin’s archival-poetics is informed by blood-memory, haunting and grandmother-stories


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Performance Dates

Saturday 24 November, 8pm (sunset performance) and 9:30pm (fire yarn),
Hart’s Mill grounds (west side)

Panel - The Justice of Remembering: Sunday 11 November, 3-5pm, Waterside, free


Free and unticketed

Creative Team

Unbound Collective: Natalie Harkin, Simone Ulalka Tur, Ali Gumillya Baker, Faye Rosas Blanch
Performer and Language Activist: Dr. Lou Bennett
Performer/ violinist/ composer: Katie Inawantji Morrison
Kaurna Community collaborators: Margaret Brodie, Bonny Brodie, Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien
Editor: Jess Wallace, Camera: Michael Bonner, Projection consultant: Freddy Komp.
Language and cultural adviser: Karina Lester
Stage Manager: Alexis West
Fire Management: Roland Wilson
Sound Staging: Brad Darkson
Costume fabrication and consultant: Seana O’Brien
Photography: Tony Kearney
Special Thanks to: Tina Flanagan, Renee Tur, Denise Noack, Greg Blanch, Konrad Craig, Shayne Martens- Van Hengst, Janine Peacock, The Vitals Team, Flinders Uni Drama Centre, Romaine Moreton, the late Sandra Elms.

Sponsored by VITALSTATISTIX, ArtsSA, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network NIRAKN, Migration Museum, Flinders University College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences.

Dedicated to Aunty Veronica Brodie, our grandmothers and our children and grandchildren.