Research-led creative practice leads to Venice and Singapore

21 February 2022

ATSIS Unit Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr r e a Saunders has a busy 2022 ahead, including major commitments to Indigenous art events in Venice and Singapore.

The renowned artist, curator, activist, academic, cultural educator and creative thinker is a descendant from the Gamilaraay/Wailwan people from the Central West NSW; and Biripi people from the mid-North Coast of NSW.

Dr r e a has been invited to the Venice Biennale’s Sámi Pavilion from 21-26 April to speak about her research-led creative practice during a gathering of Indigenous artists, curators and thinkers known as aabaakwad.

r e a’s video work from the ‘PolesApart’ series, which is part of the National Gallery of Australia Collection, will be touring in the Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia exhibition.

Curated by Tina Braum, Ever Present includes the work of over 80 artists as it considers seven overarching and interlinked themes: Ancestors + Creators; Country + Constellations; Community + Family; Culture + Ceremony; Trade + Influence; Resistance + Colonisation; and Innovation + Identity.

Together the works underline the ever-present existence of our First Peoples.

r e a has also been invited to attend the Singapore leg of the exhibition to speak about the making of the ‘PolesApart’ work, in September this year.

Dr r e a recently presented a guest address for the Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) ‘Sovereign Sisters: domestic work’ exhibition. This will be available on FUMA’s website soon.

Another milestone has been an online essay publication on ‘The Power, Politics and Poetics of Wiradjuri Artist Karla Dickens’ in the Carriageworks Journal.