Blak-Queer Futurism 

Akashi, Hannah Brontë, Jermaine Dean, Kalyani Mumtaz, Bhenji Ra, Sian Vandermuelen and New Wayfinders

Curated by Alec Reade and Kalyani Mumtaz

 

Opening
Wednesday 14 March, 6–8pm

Exhibition Dates
14 March – 8 April, 2018

Co-presented with Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne
 

 

Bhenji Ra, 'anito I all idols', collaboration with Tristan Jalleh, 2017, courtesy the artist

Overview 

We live in a world that is highly influenced by bla(c)k and queer cultures. Although this prevails, futurism in popular media fails to reflect a near future where bla(c)k and/or queer people are main protagonists or central to the progression of humanity and the protection of our environment. 

Blak-Queer Futurism reestablishes Queer Indigenous speculative futures from here and abroad, drawing upon resilience, knowledge and spirituality. Through multi-disciplinary works, the artists involved relay narratives attained through story, family, experience, country, and dreaming, to actualise the future today, subverting the imperativity of popular futurist speculation.

The exhibition delves into the collective knowledge of each of the artists and their respective origins as a means of self-determination and representation, creatively examining the ways in which Queer Indigenous people will influence generations to come.

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Alec Reade is a performance artist and creative all-rounder who co-found 'New Wayfinders' in late 2016, a Narrm (Melbourne-based) a community collective centring queerness and consisting of Pasifika creatives, working with spoken word and poetry, music, video, photography, the arts.

Blak-Queer Futurism allows Alec to emerge as a curator, using this platform to amplify the voices of the next generation of Queer People of Colour (QPOC).

Kalyani Mumtaz is a proud Pyemairrenner woman based in Narrm/Melbourne. A songwriter, composer, artist and curator, her practice carries her across Australia. Willow Beats, the hyper-complex electronic duo of which she is one half, imagines utopian Indigenous futures in which nature and technology intersect.