Since August last year, I have been working on a new film project that is invested in understanding indigenous cultures of Australia, focusing on contemporary indigenous dance practise.
A scholarship by the NRW Culture Ministry funded my first three months here, and I just handed in my report (above figure) to them. I thought this was a good itme to share the progress of the project.
I was forunate to have been supported by Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in many ways. They have put me in touch with a range of dancers.
CIAF took me on another journey in the last few weeks. As part of their team, I went to Melbourne Fashion Festival, where CIAF was invited to present their Indigenous Fashion Performance. The show was curated by Grace Lillian Lee, fashion designer, in collaboration with Fiona Wirrer-George, choreographer and dancer. The show presented indigenous textiles and fashion designs of Far North Queensland, and was more than just a runway show. It was a beautiful merge of cultural song, dance and movements with contemporary music, in a contemporary fashion world context.
This is a quick snapshot of the work I have done here so far. There has been a long phase of research beforehand, and this journey hopefully continues to take me on further adventures.
fig. 01: Video Stills, CIAF Fashion Performance at VAMFF