The Unbound Collective


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.

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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.


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

Project Dates

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

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