Presented by Arts House for Next Wave Festival 2018
9am–9pm, Tue 8 May
9am–9pm, Wed 9 May
9am–9pm, Thu 10 May
9am–9pm, Fri 11 May
6pm– midnight, Sat 12 May
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
In M/other Land, multi-disciplinary artist Roberta Rich inserts, engages and navigates her diaspora African identity within her ‘mother land’ context of Southern Africa. Traversing sites of memory, history and empowerment, Rich momentarily ruptures the colonial structure in the place where Arts House lies.
Screens show the artist oscillating between sites of historical significance, memory, residence, empowerment and struggle, relating to her South African family’s ‘Coloured’ experiences and what this construction of ‘Coloured’ was/is prior to, during and after the Apartheid regime. Constructing legacies from memory and histories, this process of re/ connection and self-determination tellingly highlights the nuances and complexities of contemporary African diaspora identity.
Supported by – NAVA, The Freedman Foundation, Twilsharp Studio, Next Wave and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Snehargho Ghosh