Event Maluw Adhil Urngu Padanu Mamuy Moesik

Maluw Adhil Urngu Padanu Mamuy Moesik

Artist Talks

28 January 2023

Join us for talks by exhibiting artists in Maluw Adhil Urngu Padanu Mamuy Moesik (Legends from the Deep Sitting Peacefully on the Waters): Selected Works from the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: RīvusAnchored by a new commission from the Torres Strait 8, the exhibition explores how our connections to the natural world could prioritise care for Country and pursue justice in an epoch of rising temperatures and seas. Jessie French, Clare Milledge, and Yessie Mosby from Torres Strait 8 will talk on their works, introduced by Tulleah Pearce.

  • Partner:

    Maluw Adhil Urngu Padanu Mamuy Moesik (Legends from the Deep Sitting Peacefully on the Waters): Selected Works from the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: Rīvus is presented by the Biennale of Sydney and the Institute of Modern Art, with generous support from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, an Australian Government initiative.

Guest Info
  • Jessie French is an experimental designer based in Naarm/Melbourne. Within an ethos of sustainability and regeneration, she invites us to engage with the possibilities of a post-petrochemical world. She explores the potential of closed-loop systems and reuse. In 2020, she founded Other Matter, an experimental design studio working with algae-based bioplastics. It explores the application of the new materials she develops.

    Clare Milledge is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture, Sydney. Her work examines contemporary environments, with a focus on ecological engagement through art, in particular through the use of the historical figure of the artist-shaman. Milledge collects, re-organises, transforms, and re-presents recordings, information, and material gathered from daily experiences and on ecological surveys and site visits. Her installations incorporate glass paintings, textiles, poetry, costumes, sets, collaborative experimental sound, and performance. She is represented by Station, in Naarm/Melbourne and Sydney.

    Formed in 2019, Torres Strait 8 are a group of claimants and traditional owners from Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait Islands). They are Stanley Marama and Keith Pabai from Boigu/Boigu Island; Yessie Mosby and Nazareth Warria from Masig/Yorke Island; Nazareth Fauid from Poruma/Coconut Island; and Ted Billy, Daniel Billy, and Kabay Tamu from Warraber/Sue Island. They recently won their legal fight against the Australian government for its inaction over climate change before the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.


Clare Milledge 'Imbas: A Well at the Bottom of the Sea' 2022. Photo: Jessica Maurer.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.