Presented by Vitalstatistix and TARNANTHI
how do you feel now? reflects on the deeply profound experience of accessing ancestral cultural materials held in Australian institutional collections such as the South Australian Museum. For this work, the artists have travelled home to Country – Wiradjuri Country in NSW for Amala Groom and Yamatji/Wajarri Country in WA for Nicole Monks – and made new cultural materials and contemporary works of art with their extended families, documented by video artist John A Douglas. After the exhibition, elements of the project will be donated to institutions as an act of self-determination and cultural revival.
Amala Groom and Nicole Monks’ multidisciplinary and collaborative practice acts as the performance of their cultural sovereignty; expressed through the meetings of contemporary mediums and ancient knowledges. Their work is focused on the embodiment of the ‘living mirror’ that exists within the human experience.
The artists acknowledge Kaurna sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respect to the Kaurna community; their Ancestors, their Elders, their Kin and their Country who hold Lore, Language, Land and Custom. We are all in this together.
Image: courtesy of the artists
Amala Groom, Nicole Monks, with video artist John A Douglas