01 March 2018
During this first First Thursdays event of 2018 artist Warraba Weatherall asks “how can we better invest in our communities to develop a collective consciousness, towards unity and change?”
The pressure to survive forces many of us into an individual mindset, deepening the divide between work and private time and limiting opportunity for self-reflection and community interaction. If we understand ceremony to consist of the transference of knowledge through collective participation, then what variations can be applied within a contemporary context to unify communities and build a collective consciousness.
Weatherall welcomes you to join himself, Digi Youth Arts, and weavers Aunty Sonja Carmichael and Hannah Gutchen, for an interactive night of weaving and conversation as contemporary ceremony.
Warraba Weatherall is an installation and street artist from the Kamilaroi Nation of South-West Queensland. Weatherall’s 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.
Sonja Carmichael is a Quandamooka woman and a descendent of the Ngugi people, one of three clans who are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka (Southeastern Queensland). Sonja mainly works with fibre, exploring traditional and contemporary techniques of weaving, reflecting her family cultural connections with the land and seas of Minjerriba.
Hannah Gutchen is a proud Torres Strait Islander and Jewish women from the Zagareb people. Gutchen is an exercise physiologist who works closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and communities. Her current weaving practice explores contemporary adornments and garments, alongside the continuation of her traditions in fibre work.
Digi Youth Arts
Digi Youth Arts is a collective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists committed to sharing stories of our young people through creative exploration and contemporary performance. The organisation has a history of producing thought-inspiring works. In 2018 Digi Youth Arts hold a residency at the Queensland Museum and are Associate Artists at La Boite Theatre Company.