JORDAN AZCUNE | TYZA HART | DYLAN MOONEY | LUCE NGUYỄN-HUNT | GUTINARRA YUNUPINGU | JUSTINE YOUSSEF
Things I want to say brings together artists from across the country whose practices negotiate identity in contemporary Australia. Focusing on artists with a connection to Queensland, the exhibition will encourage conversation around navigating one’s sense of self within the pressures of broader society.
Individual works offer hope, reassurance and affirmation, transcending barriers and externally prescribed limitations. Together they share stories as a young person growing up in regional QLD, a first generation Australian living within a diasporic community or as a First Nations Australian using sign language to explore their connection to Country and community.
Things I want to say is accompanied by a youth engagement program developed by youth engagement specialist Jo Higgins and led by local artist Zenus Moonbeam. Through a series of creative workshops young people of the Somerset region have experimented with costume, music, video and performance. The program culminates in an art party for young people during the exhibition’s presentation.
Curated by Imogen Dixon-Smith and Rachel Arndt.
SUPPORTED BY THE RESTART INVESTMENT TO SUSTAIN AND EXPAND (RISE) FUND – AN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE. THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN ASSISTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, ITS ARTS FUNDING AND ADVISORY BODY.
IMAGE: LUCE NGUYỄN-HUNT, things I can’t say / những điều tôi không thể nói, 2021. Installation view, OUTERSPACE, Brisbane.