Sancintya Mohini Simpson
  • Sancintya Mohini Simpson, 'Remnants', 2019, watercolour on archival inkjet print.

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Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Kulī nãm dharãyã / they’ve given you the name ‘coolie’

22 February–18 April 202022 Feb–18 Apr 2020

Kulī nãm dharãyã / they’ve given you the name ‘coolie’ is a solo exhibition by Brisbane based artist and researcher Sancintya Mohini Simpson. Simpson works between painting, video, poetry, and performance to address the impact of colonisation on the historical and lived experiences of her family. More broadly, she traces the movements and passages of indentured labourers from India to South Africa during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her practice draws on the archive to explore the complexities of migration, memory, and trauma. Through narrative and ritual she creates spaces for ongoing resistance and healing.

Curated By
  • Freja Carmichael
Artist Bio
Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Sancintya Mohini Simpson completed a Bachelor of Photography with Honours at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (2014) and a Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing at The University of Queensland (2016). Her solo exhibitions include Remnants of my ancestors, Boxcopy, Hobiennale (upcoming), Natals Coolie Women, CARPARK, Milani Gallery (2019) and Bloodlines at both Metro Arts and Blak Dot Gallery (Next Wave Festival) (2018). In 2019 Simpson exhibited in a number of group shows including New Woman, Museum of Brisbane, Moon In My Mouth, Schoolhouse Studios and Botanica, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Her work is held in private and public collections including The University of Queensland Art Museum and Museum of Brisbane.

Curator Bio

Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She is a curator working broadly across cultural sector with artists and communities on exhibition projects. Her past projects have focussed on the preservation and promotion of First Nations fibre art and collaborative curatorial approaches. She co-curated Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery (2019) and The Commute, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018). Her recent curatorial projects include Weaving the Way, The University of Queensland Art Museum (2019), Seeing Country, Redland Art Gallery (2019) and Around and withinSpace Gallery, Sydney (2018). She was awarded the inaugural Macquarie Group First Nations emerging curator award (2017),  National Gallery of Australia International Indigenous Arts fellowship (2016) and an Australia Council for the Arts emerging curatorial fellowship (2016).


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