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Jahra Rager Wasasala | photography by Jocelen Janon

Blak Dot Gallery and the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, in partnership with ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 are pleased to present an afternoon of performances, conversations and readings on Decolonising Climate Action.

The event brings together artists, activists and experts to creatively respond to and discuss Indigenous knowledge systems informing decolonised climate action on land management, sustainability, climate justice and climate refugees.


Readings from Feedback Loop artist Katie West and Claire G Coleman

Conversation on Decolonising Climate Action
Facilitated by Dr Tyson Yunkaporta with Jacynta Fuamatu from 350Pacific, Allara Pattison from Seed Mob Youth Climate Network and Flow artist Jen Rae

Contemporary dance performance from Feedback Loop artist Jahra Rager Wasasala.

About the artists and speakers:

Katie West is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the renewal of human connections with and within the natural environment. To this aim colonial histories are reconfigured and decolonised futures are imagined in response to global environmental concerns. Katie is of Yindjibarndi descent, from Noongar Booja (Perth and surrounding areas) in Western Australia. She is now based in Naarm (Melbourne) and is currently completing a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose ancestral country is the south coast of WA. She writes prose, poetry and non-fiction while travelling around the continent now called Australia in an old car and ragged caravan. In 2016 she was awarded a Black & White Indigenous Writing Fellowship. Her debut novel Terra Nullius will be published with Hachette Australia in August 2017.

Jacynta Fuamatu was born and raised in Sydneys West. Jacynta identifies as a Pacific Islander and as an Australian. In late 2014 she joined the Pacific Climate Warriors in direct action that disrupted business at the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, and since then has been an advocate for climate justice. Jacynta is currently based in Melbourne, is the city coordinator for 350 Pacific and co-founder of the slow fashion, eco-conscious brand, Off2War.

Allara Briggs Pattison is a proud and whole Aboriginal – Yorta Yorta woman. Playing bass with the likes of Archie Roach and Nancy Bates has deepened her passion to strengthen, heal and inspire self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through encouraging all Australians to pursue lifestyle’s based around protecting nature, whilst taking care of each other as equals. Allara works tirelessly to preserve, and attain her cultural integrity including protection of sacred Indigenous land through sharing music, stories, opinions and opportunities. Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network has challenged her resilience and unwavering devotion to the climate and social justice movements. She could not be more honored to be here.

Dr Jen Rae is a Canadian Métis (Indigenous)/Australian artist-researcher engaged in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and a scholar in arts-based environmental communication. Her creative practice and research interests are grounded in transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and ecological futures thinking. She is the Co-founder and Director of The Riparian Project. and a co-founder of Fair Share Fare, a multiplatform project focused on future food security in a time of climate change .

bloo/d/runk is a solo dance work from Fijian/NZ artist Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala that seeks to embody every woman of colour. This visceral and emotionally stirring work draws influence from the global epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the current assault taking place on Indigenous land globally, and investigates the themes of Pacific diaspora and the relationship between the earth and the female form.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.

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Sat 29 April



Counihan Gallery
Blak Dot Gallery


Blak Dot Gallery
33 Saxon St
Brunswick, VIC
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