Ali Gumillya Baker, Mirning
Faye Rosas Blanch, Yidinyji/Mbararam
Natalie Harkin, Narungga
Simone Ulalka Tur, Yankunytjatjara
We formed in 2014 and since that time have engaged in a series of intertextual, performative ‘Sovereign Acts’ so for 52 ACTIONS we present some of the highlights of these Sovereign Acts.
The Unbound Collective are a group of artists/academics working out of Flinders University on Kaurna Yarta. Their work embraces complex questions of what it means to be sovereign peoples – Yidinyji/ Mbarbram, Yankunytjatjara, Narungga, Mirning – and exist both within and outside of the institutionalisation of the colonial settler state that continually seeks to categorise and contain them.
What are the ideas that we can collectively bind ourselves to and what are the ideas that can set us free?
Bound and Unbound: Sovereign Acts – decolonising methodologies of the lived and spoken.
This multi-stage-multi-site project is presented through a poetics of performance, song, poetry and video-projection. The installation activist pieces enact inter-generational transformations of old and new stories to explore the bound and the free. What ideas we are bound to historically, and what we choose to (un)bind ourselves to and from now and into the future.
We acknowledge Dr Julie Gough as creative collaborator in conceptualising and presenting Act I.
Act II was presented in three stages. Two site-specific performances were conducted in and around the city's colonial 'cultural-precinct'. Accompanying images and text were also installed to weave a QR-code narrative of sovereign love poems on ten bus shelters in the city and suburbs of Adelaide.
This work was commissioned for TARNANTHI Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Art Festival in October 2015.
Act I and II speak back to colonial institutions of power as dominant sites and repositories of cultural knowledge production.
This is a counter narrative repatriation of love to ancestors and loving rupturing reminder that this is Kaurna Yarta, Kaurna land.