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The seminar Indigenous Visions is an opportunity to promote and support a collaborative network that from the grassroots of Indigenous ways of being expands within the space of the institutional. The forum has been curated by Professor Brook Andrew; initiated through conversation and ideas between Stephanie Rosenthal, Simon Mordant and Rose Hiscock and participants of the forum.

Throughout a daily programme of conversations and performances organized for April 16th, 2024, in parallel to the opening days of the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, we aim to share how practitioners, supporters, and communities understand and support Indigenous art practices and globally vocalise their importance amongst humanity and the natural and spiritual environments.

BLAK C.O.R.E. – Museums and Collections, University of Melbourne, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi strive to centre Indigenous and First Peoples cultures and perspectives in their visions, collaborating with international partners, artists, communities, and curators to vocalise and testify to the power of Indigenous cultures as a central part of global art and life.

Indigenous Visions is presented by BLAK C.O.R.E., University of Melbourne (Museums and Collections Department), in collaboration with Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. BLAK C.O.R.E. is supported by the Mordant Family.

Full Program

Location: Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli

10:00am – 11:40am | Morning tea at Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli

11:00am – 11:20am | Opening performance by Katy'taya Catitu Tayassu, and in conversation with Elena Sorokina

11:20am – 12:40pm | What is Indigenous? - Kimberley Moulton, Léuli Eshrāghi, Wanda Nanibush, Nicholas Galanin and Rushdi Anwar, in conversation with Megan Tamati-Quennell

12.40pm – 1:20pm | Why empower and focus Indigenous arts and culture in a global context, restitution, representation, grass roots, and healing. An introduction led by Brook Andrew with Stephanie Rosenthal and Rose Hiscock (Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and University of Melbourne)

1:20pm – 1:50pm | Ahmed Umar on his work in the 2024 Venice Biennale

1:50pm – 2:20pm | Denilson Baniwa on his work in The Hãhãwpuá Pavilion (Brazilian Pavilion)

2:30pm – 3:30pm  | Collaboration, Perception and Tradition. Hoor al Qasimi and Abdullah Al Saadi (United Arab Emirates Pavilion, and book launch), and Paschal Dantos Berry on Latai Taumoepeau, Mayunkiki and Bhenji Ra, in conversation with Kimberley Moulton

3:30pm – 4:30pm | Tension, Ceremony, Care and Making Space. Natalia Papaeva with Iaroslav Volovod on creating work from Natalia’s Buryatia Indigenous lands of the Buryat people, Southern Siberia. Nicholas Galanin in conversation with Michelangelo Corsaro 

4:30pm – 5:30pm | Mapping the Indigenous through Museums, Art Movements and Collections. Gregor Muir on Shuvinai Ashoona, Raphael Fomscea on building Indigenous Latin American Art collections, Brook Andrew on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Indigenous strategy, in conversation with Stephanie Rosenthal

5:30pm – 6pm | Pedro Wonaeamirri in conversation with Will Heathcote and an introduction to the Mordant Family BLAK C.O.R.E. Fellowships by Simon Mordant.  



Image credit: Photo de David Janesko during the 1st Tree Dance - ARBOReusement (TREELY) performed in 2014, at the Palais de Tokyo, in NUEVO MUNDO, Paris. Artwork courtesy of Katy’taya Catitu Tayassu.

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