Collaboration with Nicole Smede
The artists would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Bungali and its banks (Shoalhaven River) where this work was devised, and created. With special thanks to the Wodi Wodi and all clans of the Yuin Nation.
The artists thank and pay respect to Elders past, present and future, for their continuous custodianship of the waters, mountains, valleys and spirit of Country; to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which you are gathered; and to all First Nations people.
This work features Gumea Dharawal and Dhurga languages. Aboriginal Cultural Intellectual Property © Adrian Webster & Jacob Morris (Gumea Dharawal), Patricia Ellis, Kerry Boyenga & Waine Donovan (Dhurga).
The tick of a grandfather clock counts time down a hallway. Measuring the linear; mapping a story, the generations of a family of European settlers. But what came before this clock and what will endure after?
Engulfed investigates the flood of 1860 in the colonial settlement of Terrera, on Yuin Country. Through language the area is reimagined; the voice used to create poetic gestures enacting an evocative metaphor for the intersections between Australia’s First Nations people and European invasion.
Featuring Austrailan First Languages Gumea Dharawal and Dhurga, the story of ‘the great flood’ of 1860 becomes an allegory for the plight of Australia’s First Peoples and the enduring effects of colonialisation.
her collective is
leanne waterhouse & nicole smede
together with a bunch of creative mates.
her collective is concerned with contemporary issues faced by female identifying artists, exploring themes such as identity, the feminine, domestic, and ecological concerns through collaborative works and projects. Engaging a range of voices across art forms and cultures, each project invites collaborators to create works immersed in community and skill exchange, fostering and empowering a local community of arts makers and critical thinkers. Established in 2020, her collective was initiated on Dharawal country where Leanne and Nicole both reside and create.
Nicole Smede is a vocalist and poet - born, living and creating on Dharawal Country. Her work explores a reclamation and reconnection of ancestry and Country, through language, poetry and song. Her work has been broadcast on national and international radio and features in a number of publications.
Link to Nicole's website www.nicolesmede.com
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