NANDEEBIE DREEMZ

Nandeebie Dreemz Artist

Venessa Williams Starzynski is a contemporary Darug artist. Venessa’s research and studio practice uncovers Indigenous Australian cultural histories. As a teacher, project facilitator and mentor her aim is to foster knowledge and confidence in Indigenous communities. Her art reveals an active personal re connection of contemporary and historical identity. Her methodology involves gathering and interpreting cultural signs from her Darug and Irish ancestry to develop site-specific performance videos, drawings and paintings. Venessa is currently undertaking an Honours research project at the Queensland College of Art where she is exploring creative methodologies to activate colonial archives from a position of Aboriginal authenticity.

Venessa is currently undertaking an Honours program at the Queensland College of Art where she is exploring creative methodologies to activate colonial archives from a position of Aboriginal authenticity.

 

Leah King-Smith is a Bigambul descendant, visual artist and lecturer in the School of Creative Practice (Creative Industries) QUT, Brisbane.

Leah’s career as a photo and digital media artist encompasses solo, collaborative and group exhibitions, community engagement, dance performance, theatre production, international cultural exchanges, book cover & story illustration and experimental film & video work.

Leah’s current practice includes 3D animation technologies as a transdisciplinary collaborative praxis. In 2017, Leah will take up a residency at PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery Canberra, to present a new photo and video media installation for their annual Indigenous Program. 

 

 

Bianca Beetson is a Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) woman, Born in Roma Western Qld. Studied a Bachelor of Arts Visual arts at the Qld University of Technology from 1993 -95 and Completed her Honors degree at the same Uni in 1998.

Bianca’s work is concerned with her individual identity as an Indigenous Australian, as well as the identity of Australia as a nation in terms of its history and its concept of itself.

Furthermore the utilization of Humour in the work Bianca sees as being a necessary tools for survival and self determination, the ability to laugh at ourselves, and to laugh at the times we find ourselves in, A spoonful of sugar makes the metaphor go down, an Ironic sensibility, and overall sense of the ridiculous and the absurd. Bianca has work in public and private collections around Australian and Overseas including Art Bank, QPAT and Qld Art Gallery.

 

Tamara Whyte descends from Girringun-Waggamay, coastal far north Queensland and Tanna, Vanuatu but currently lives on Quandamooka country (Moreton Bay). She has qualifications in Drama, Indigenous Social Policy and more recently Screen and Media. Her passion as an artist lies in telling stories with a distinct Aboriginal narrative across film, theatre, multi-media, and photography. Her current practice involves trawling the archives of image and text to decontextualise and remake meaning and maybe make you crack a wry smile.

Nandeebie* Dreemz presents the work and stories of first nation’s peoples from around the world.

Visitors can explore the liminality of media works by indigenous artists, working in the digital space. In this space, transition is constant, stories and dreemz are told and possibility is always present. Nandeebie Dreemz runs in conjunction with Nandeebie Screen, an eclectic mix of short and feature films, documentaries and digital arts screenings at Redland Performing Arts Centre (20 – 21 May), culminating with a winter solstice community screening on Coochiemudlo Island.

Agility

If we only existed in our Dreemz, who could we be? What would we say? What do we see? Night Dreemz; Dreemz of the future; a reckoning of memory; aspirations and inspirations… all of these could be Nandeebie * Dreemz.

We invite you into the liminality of Aboriginal artists working in the digital space.  In this space transition is constant and the possibility always present, we are not bound to explain ourselves in opposition to the other because we have the ability to dream, to see beyond what is brought before us from above and below. We hold the conversation and our agency within it.  Aboriginal artists have been agile in the digital space from the beginning.  Using these tools to talk stories and tell our dreemz, leaving signposts of our Dreemz from without and within. If you exist in our Dreemz, who are you? What do you say? What do you see?

Curated by Tamara Whyte.

An exhibition held in conjunction with National Reconciliation Week 2017.

* Nandeebie is from the local Jandai language of the Quandamooka people and is the name for what is now known as Cleveland.