Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art

A talking circle: The Unbound Collective

Saturday 30 March 2019 (opening 3:00 PM)

at MCA ( venue info )
140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW

All Ages

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A talking circle: The Unbound Collective
Part of ‘The National 2019: New Australian Art’ opening weekend. 
MCA, Level 3 Creative Studios 

Join the discussion as The Unbound Collective come together to exchange ideas and discuss themes in the exhibition.

In conversation with Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions, The Unbound Collective will unpack aspects of their work Sovereign Acts IV: Object (2019), a performance part of The National 2019.
The participants will address ideas around anti- and re-memorialisation, the use of archives to destabilise accepted histories, and the use of women's bodies and movement to remember and enact traumatic events in ways that quietly hold space and honour survival. During the conversation, the members of The Unbound Collective will respond individually to the sites where The National takes place.
This event is based on a ‘yarning’ circle – a culturally safe space created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men to have their voices heard and discuss issues that directly affect them. This ‘third space’* invites all audiences to join these open and honest conversations.
This talk will be facilitated by The National 2019 co-curator Clothilde Bullen.

*The third space references both physical or conceptual spaces where complex dialogue can be held safely and with implicit acknowledgement of power dynamics.

Image: The Unbound Collective (Ali Gumillya Baker, Faye Rosas Blanch, Natalie Harkin & Simone Ulalka Tur), Sovereign Acts III: Refuse (performance documentation), 2018, performance, bamboo skirts, local flora, image courtesy and © the artists

All Ages