After Glissant: First Nations Perspectives of Creolisation with Warraba Weatherall, Daniel Boyd & Jax Compton
12 February 2022
In this live Zoom conversation join This language that is every stone co-curator Warraba Weatherall and exhibiting artist Daniel Boyd as they offer First Nations perspectives on the exhibition’s central concept of Creolisation. Weatherall and Boyd discuss how Martinican philosopher Édouard Glissant‘s ideas resonate in a local context in this discussion with the IMA’s Program Assistant Jax Compton, followed by a Q&A session.
About the exhibition
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Asad Raza, and Kamilaroi artist Warraba Weatherall, This language that is every stone is the fourth iteration in a series of exhibitions conceived by Obrist and Raza that survey Glissant’s life and work. Developed specifically within an Australian context, This language that is every stone explores cultural synthesis and permeability through the works of Australian First Nations and diasporic artists, with contributions from international counterparts.
Warraba Weatherall (b. 1987) is a Brisbane-based installation and street artist from the Kamilaroi Nation of south-west Queensland. Weatherall has a specific interest in archival repositories and structures, and the life of cultural objects and histories within these environments. His practice critiques the legacies of colonisation, where social, economic, and political realities perpetually validate Eurocentric ideologies. Drawing on his personal experience and cultural knowledge, he uses image, material and metaphor to contribute to a cross-cultural dialogue by offering alternate ways of seeing and understanding. Weatherall has exhibited locally and nationally, including DATUM, 2019 (Milani Gallery Carpark, Brisbane); While You Were Sleeping, 2019 (aMBUSH Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra); InstitutionaLies, 2017 (Metro Arts, Brisbane); and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, 2017 (Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin).
Daniel Boyd is a Kudjla and Gangalu artist born in Cairns and currently living in Sydney Australia. Boyd is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Boyd’s practice is internationally recognised for its manifold engagement with the colonial history of the Australia-Pacific region. Drawing upon intermingled discourses of science, religion and aesthetics, his work reveals the complexity of perspectives through which political, cultural and personal memory is composed. Boyd has both Aboriginal and Pacific Islander heritage and his work traces this cultural and visual ancestry in relation to the broader history of Western art.
Born on Yirriganydji land, Jax Compton is a proud Wuthathi and Zenadth Kes woman who currently lives on Yugembeh country. Jax found her love for the arts through QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, before studying at NAISDA Dance College at QUT, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance/Indigenous Studies). She is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at NIDA. Throughout her career, Jax has gained experience artistically as a performer, dance teacher, choreographer, event host, and creative producer, and professionally, working in the arts and culture, education, media/communication, and event sectors. Jax is also co-founder of Muggera, a cultural performance and education company. She is dedicated to her family, culture, identity, and the creative practices of First Peoples.