WRITING & CONCEPTS: Warraba Weatherall
18 March 2021
Warraba Weatherall’s installation-based practice explores archival structures, analysing cultural histories’ existence within institutional repositories.
Weatherall’s new work To know and possess, commissioned for On Fire: Climate and Crisis, draws from his research into Kamilaroi cultural materials held within Australian collections and their accompanying systems of categorisation. This work is a response to these collections, whereby the ‘preservation’ and restricted access to cultural materials actually contribute to the breakdown of cultural knowledge and practices. Weatherall’s work proposes that these normalised processes mark a point of death—where these objects are valued as data over their cultural use within communities.
WRITING & CONCEPTS is a lecture and performance series exploring the insights practitioners have into their own creative and cultural practices. It provides an opportunity to explore these insights in a public forum in a mode consistent with their practice.
Contributors include practitioners for whom the written form is their primary professional output and practitioners whose work manifests as exhibitions or events within the domain of contemporary art.
Free, registration essential.
Please note this is an ONLINE LECTURE. Link access will be given to registrants.
Warraba Weatherall 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.
Tim Riley Walsh is a Brisbane-based curator and art historian. Riley Walsh is Australia Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong, and a Post-Thesis Fellow within the School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland. He is the Co-Editor of Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings (2020, Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane) and has written widely for ArtAsiaPacific, Frieze, Art Monthly Australasia, Art + Australia, Eyeline, Apollo, Runway, and Artlink. Riley Walsh has previously worked in gallery management, communications, and programming roles at Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Camden Arts Centre, London; and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.