The Purple Shall Govern: Screens of Resistance

  • Photo Courtesy of Bryony Jackson. The artist has applied a purple hue.
    Photo Courtesy of Bryony Jackson. The artist has applied a purple hue.
The Purple Shall Govern: Screens of Resistance
Session Times:

Wednesday 2nd March, 6 - 9pm

Wednesday 16th March, 6 - 9pm
Event Information

The Purple Shall Govern, an exhibition and expansive public program presented by artist Roberta Joy Rich, explores the resilience of people during Apartheid-era South Africa, alongside those living on the unceded sovereign lands of Australia. Through re-framing history and her own family narratives, Roberta hopes to shed light on how the past informs our experiences in public spaces in the present.

Through intimate screenings and conversations, Screens of Resistance invites you to delve deeper into the themes within The Purple Shall Govern exhibition. Join us to explore the work of activists who have influenced our world today. 

Screens of Resistance with Kimberley Moulton
Wednesday 2nd March, 6 – 9pm
Roberta Joy Rich and Kimberley Moulton invite you to reflect on the documentary Lousy Little Sixpence, a film by influential activists about the Stolen Generations. Through conversation, you will learn how the film resonates with Kimberley’s work and cultural connections. 

Screens of Resistance with Scottnes Smith
Wednesday 16th March, 6 – 9pm
Roberta Joy Rich and Scottnes Smith invite you to reflect on the documentary WINNIE, a film that explores the legacy of Winnie Mandela and her involvement in the collective resistance against The Apartheid regime. 

Also explore related events The Purple Shall Govern Exhibition and  The Purple Shall Govern: Sounds of Resistance.

Presented as part of Who’s Afraid of Public Space? in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

This exhibition is generously funded by Australia Council, Creative Victoria and the Besen Foundation.

Date & Times

2nd and 16th March, 6-9pm 

Performance Space



Wheelchair Accessible

Meet the Artists
  • Roberta Joy Rich
    Roberta Joy Rich

    Roberta Joy Rich is a multi-disciplinary artist who considers and responds to constructions of African identity and histories, often referencing her own diaspora southern African identity and experiences.

    Since her MFA at Monash University (2013), Rich has exhibited projects in Melbourne, interstate and South Africa including: Deny/Denial/Denied; Blak Dot Gallery, (2017), One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screen Prints; Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg (2017), M/other Land; Arts House (2018), Transmissions; Gallery MOMO Cape Town, (2018), The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured; Bus Projects, (2018), Firstdraft, Sydney (2019), WE KOPPEL, WE DALA; Metro Arts and the Incinerator Art Award (2020). An alumni of Footscray Community Arts Emerging Creative Leaders Program (2017), Rich was the 2020 recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Debra Porch Award for an upcoming residency at the Cemeti Institution for Art and Society, Yogyakarta, recently completed a Creative Development and Mentorship program supported by ACMI and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2021).

  • Kimberley Moulton
    Kimberley Moulton
    Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta woman and writer and curator. She is currently Senior Curator, South-Eastern Aboriginal Collections at Museums Victoria and Artistic Associate for RISING Festival Melbourne. Kimberley works with knowledge, histories and futures at the intersection of First Peoples historical and contemporary art and making. Kimberley has held curatorial and community arts development roles at Melbourne Museum for over ten years, in 2018 she was Museums Victoria lead curator for Mandela: My Life, an exhibition on Nelson Mandela at Melbourne Museum in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation Johannesburg and IEC exhibitions. 
    In 2021 she was a co-curator for the inaugural Tri-Nations Indigenous Triennial at Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG-Qaumajuq) for  Naadohbii: To Draw Water a curatorial collaboration between Melbourne Museum Australia, Pataka Art + Museum New Zealand and WAG-Qaumajuq. In 2021 Kimberley developed the project MOVING OBJECTS with RISING festival and Museums Victoria which is a framework for sustained collection access with contemporary artists, supporting the transformative potential that museum collections can have with community and critically engaging in themes of regeneration, disruption and renewal. 
    Independently Kimberley has written for publications worldwide and held curatorial and research fellowships across Europe, UK, U.S.A, South Asia and North America with a research focus on the intersection of First Peoples contemporary practice and historical archive. In 2019 Kimberley won the Power Institute Australian Indigenous Art Writing Award and in 2020 was the co-editor for Artlink Indigenous 40.2 Kin Constellations: Languages Waters Futures. She is Alumni of the Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program National Gallery of Australia and member of the board for the non for profit Barpirdhila Foundation, Deputy Chair of the board for Shepparton Art Museum, and member of the board for the International Art Critics Association – Australia. Kimberley is currently a PhD Candidate at Monash University Melbourne.
  • Scottnes Smith
    Scottnes Smith

    Scottnes is an award-winning film director and producer. His films are characterised with sharp performances, arresting visuals and storytelling that empowers.

    After training at Wits University in Johannesburg, Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, as well as completing a Masters at the University of Melbourne, Scottnes is driven to create globally resonant work, evidenced in winning top honours and awards at each of the scholastic programmes from those institutions. Winning Film of the Year at the University of the Witwatersrand, PASSAGE, and a Directors Guild Award in the Student category with THERE’S A BLUEBIRD IN MY HEART, which Scottnes produced.

    Scottnes has worked on several long form television projects as Director and Producer. Most recently, Scottnes directed the much-anticipated Netflix African Original Series, “Jiva!”, scheduled for release late 2021. As part Netflix’s “Made By Africans, Watched By the World”, “Jiva!” marks the streaming company’s commitment to diverse stories and developing global audiences. Scottnes has also directed TV dramas “Thula’s Vine”, “Guilt” and travel series Vaya Mzansi”. Scottnes continues to work on unique film and commercial projects, currently working on three features films for release over 2021/22 as well as building his repertoire of commercials and content for the digital space.



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