Blak to the Future 111- Present


Blak 2 the Future 3,
just like every other year,
has a wide range of different mediums
all done by Aboriginal young people.
As you can see here,
we have a big, beautiful and colourful mural
and this was a community mural, really
so I invited some of my friends,
some of my tutors and my beautiful nieces
and also included my cousin April
who’s done a beautiful turtle
which is her Yorta Yorta totem.
And Caleb’s work also includes his totem,
the hammerhead shark.
It’s really something that I’m very proud of
because this is actually the first >me that I’ve done a mural
as part of the Blak 2 the Future series.
It was really beautiful for us
to all come together
and to say, you know what, do whatever comes to mind
and what represents you and your identity
because we all have such a different experience
lived experience
and connection to our culture
and I really think that this encapsulates that.
Of course, as you can see it’s not completely finished
as much as we wanted to
but I think that represents just the abruptness of the lockdown and how much we had to adapt really quickly.
The three beautiful fabrics that you see here
are done by Isobel Morphy-Walsh
The three fabrics speak to her understanding
of herself and her place in the world.
She is a woman from the rivers and mountains.
The series of paintings shown here are actually done by myself and it relates to the scar trees that I see
on the way to my Wemba Wemba country
On road trips with my mom
we would o\en stop and look at these scar trees
and think about the history and importance of it
and how it relates to our bodies and our identities.
This video here
is done by Pierra Van Sparkes
Does my ring hurt your finger?

which is Charley Pride’s lyrics.
and many Aboriginal families including my own
absolutely love country music and Charley Pride is a staple,
so this work is a bit of tongue in cheek and word play.
The beautiful weaving portraits you can see here
are also done by Isobel Morphy-Walsh
and they are just incredible.
For Koories, Victorian Aboriginal people,
weaving is a big part of our culture
and it really brings us together
and it’s something we’ve been doing for thousands of years.
It was a really great way for us to connect
you know, during all of the uncertainty with all the bushfires going on and obviously COVID happening shortly thereafter
it was a really good way for us to
really let out everything that we were feeling
and come together and connect

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