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October 12, 2017
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Next Matriarch

  • Image: Hannah Bronte, Mother Lava (2017 - Detail), digital image. Courtesy the artist.

As part of TARNANTHI – which opens officially tonight – ACE Open presents Next Matriarch.

Featuring the work of seven leading Australian artists.

In the exhibition, Paola Balla, Ali Gumillya Baker, Hannah Brontë, Miriam Charlie, Amrita Hepi, Nicole Monks, and
Kaylene Whiskey create a conversation that ranges from ancestral healing and the dystopia of modern society, to the language of pop culture and the Sovereign female body as a carrier of children, resilience and knowledge.


The Next Matriarch exhibition opening takes place from 6pm this Saturday, October 14 at ACE Open – Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. The FEMPRE$$ party follows at 8pm at the neighbouring Nexus Arts.

Co-curated by Kimberley Moulton, Yorta Yorta Curator and Senior Curator South Eastern Aboriginal
Collections, Museums Victoria and Liz Nowell, CEO ACE Open, Next Matriarch features photography, painting, video and installation works.

“This exhibtion is about strength, sisterhood and the integral role that these artists have in contemporary art in Australia. The works in Next Matriarch speak to the Sovereign authority that female First Peoples have in community, healing and in activism. The artists share lived experiences grounded in their culture and community but also look forward and construct future imaginings of the Blak Matriarchal space. This exhibition is both an ode to sisterhood, those who have come before and a message for the future female,” says co-curator Kimberley Moulton.

The exhibition opens this Saturday at 6pm, and that event will be followed by the sold-out FEMPRE$$ hip-hop party. If you have tickets, we’re jealous.

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