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Outback Arts RADO Bound for Venice Biennale

A group of NSW Regional Aboriginal artists, including the Regional Arts Development Officer (RADO) from Outback Arts, Jamie-Lea Hodges, will make their international debut at this year’s  Venice Biennale as contributors to a project entitled ‘Country’.

Supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts, Jamie-Lea, Markeeta and Clive Freeman will be attending the Venice Biennale for the installation of the exhibition and to take part in the official opening events.

‘Country’ is a collaboration between Aboriginal artists from different regions of Australia and Italian artist and curator Giorgia Severi. The project spans NSW, NT and WA and will culminate in an installation at the Venice Biennale in May 2015.  The installation will include visual artworks, weaving and sound recordings, all thematically linked by the idea of connections with land and culture.

The Venice Biennale is the oldest and most prestigious exhibition of international contemporary art and an important platform for countries to affirm their artistic and cultural identities. Being invited to attend this event is a huge milestone for aboriginal art from Regional NSW, which has historically been under represented.

Two out of the four collective artworks in ‘Country’ are from regional NSW and were created by artists from Outback Arts and Galamban.

Curated by artist and Regional Arts Development Officer Jamie-Lea Hodges, the Outback Arts work was made by over 20 artists from the Far North West NSW region. It is a 14 metre long handmade string crafted from Australian grasses, seeds, native feathers and contemporary materials.

With a deep connection to their traditional land, Galamban artists Julie, Markeeta and Clive Freeman from Jervis Bay, have created a work shaped by over 50,000 years of cultural knowledge. Their installation is a multimedia artwork, using images, a possum skin cloak and carved warrior shields.

Both artworks are thematically linked through their exploration of the connections between traditional and contemporary practices of art and culture.

With Amy Wilson – Outback Arts