When: April 22, 2017, 6:00 pm
153 A Argyle Street Hobart TAS, Australia (map)
There is an Australia that we share.
There is a spirit and a monster belonging to it.
It has thick orange hair, long arms and fuck-off big feet. It has gone by many names, but most know him as the YOWIE!
YOWIES! will be performed on:
Saturday 22nd April, 6pm
Saturday 28th April, 6pm
Sunday 29th April, 6pm
Esther, Martelle and Finley are three artists/yowie hunters from Brisbane, QLD. Earlier this year they spent three weeks on the road, driving through Bundjalung and Kamilaroi country in Northern NSW where this Australian myth is rumoured to hide in the thick bushland. From yowie crossings in Woodenbong, to the elders council in Moree, to half-woman half-emu monsters in the Pilliga, to the pubbo in Dubbo, these three kids have been chasing the monster cross country.
They have also been asking a question:
“Can white folk like us help (properly help) in the reconciliation movement? What can we do to be good allies to Aboriginal peoples?”
Now Esther, Martelle and Finn have arrived in Hobart to think on some of the stories they’ve heard, some of the history their eyes have been opened to, and the opinions shared with them about reconciliation and decolonisation.
YOWIES! is an interrogation of our own whiteness and privilege. As young Australians we are looking to negotiate our identities against an establishment that has benefitted us and oppressed others. Using the yowie as a symbol of a shared Australian truth, the work uses puppetry and installation to replicate the yowie environment and interrogate our place in that space. This first exhibition is the start of an open community dialogue around reconciliation and non-Aboriginal participation. As such, we welcome feedback and seek to start conversations.
We hope to see you there!
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