‘Coming from a long line of Aboriginal social-changers, it makes perfect sense to create works to encourage those who may have only received a standard education … of … Australian history into a journey of self-discovery.’
Young Blood by Gunai and Gunditjmara artist Arika Waulu is inspired by the story of Aboriginal resistance fighter, Pemulwuy. Killed in 1802, his preserved head was sent to the King of England. The imagery of Young Blood reflects the ongoing tragedies lived out today and those lost through the history of continued genocide of Aboriginal perople. Arika Waulu is an emerging visual artist who works with video, moving and still images that are predominately displayed as projection installations.
A Gunai and Gunditjmara woman born in South Melbourne, Arika’s work has been exhibited in the Gertrude Street Projection Festival since 2009. Arika held her first solo exhibition in 2006 called Internal Ash in Melbourne’s City Library and in November 2013 exhibited her second solo called In Parts at Little Woods Gallery, Collingwood. The recurring theme of Arika’s work hopes to inspire self-discovery and thought provoke those who dare to investigate the deeper history of Australia, in particular the relationships between Aboriginal People and Museums, the psychological effects of colonisation, and repatriation of ancestral remains.
OPENING: Thursday 2 July, 6pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION: 3 July – 9 August 2015
VENUE: FCAC Gabriel Gallery
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre As part of NAIDOC Week program
IMAGE 1. Young Blood by Arika Waulu, Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2014.Photo credit Bernie Phelan