proppaNOW AT BRISBANE POWERHOUSE
Presented by Australia Council for the Arts and Brisbane Powerhouse as a special exhibition for WTF14 and APAM 2014, the works of the proppaNOW arts collective will reverberate throughout the precinct and The Hub at Brisbane Powerhouse from 14 February until 24
proppaNOW are a provocative and challenging collective of Queensland Aboriginal artists who currently reside or have lived in Brisbane. Together, they create a platform for contemporary urban Aboriginal artists while also challenging society’s perception of Aboriginal identity and art.
This exhibition, curated by Jody Haines and Merindah Donnelly, explores each member’s worldview, in a space combining art, performance and dialogue. An innovative collaboration of mediums turning the artists’ works into performers themselves, inferred as “circus” or performance art by Djon Mundine OAM in his essay for the exhibition.
The inclusion of the proppaNOW collective within the Australian Performing Arts Market provides the perfect context to showcase collaboration by these internationally acclaimed artists from Brisbane.
‘The impetus for curating this exhibition comes from my view that audiences should be exposed to the broadest spectrum of Aboriginal identity in the 21st Century. In particular – proppaNOW’s work focuses on lived experiences from the east coast.’ Merindah Donnelly co- curator.
The proppaNOW exhibition at Brisbane Powerhouse features within the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) and World Theatre Festival (WTF). APAM has an impressive program of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait island artists showcasing and pitching their work and featuring in panels with their national and international peers. The work of Vernon Ah Kee from proppaNOW also features as design of the superb solo dance piece Gudirr Gudirr, featuring Dalisa Pigram from Marrugeku. (still a few names to come)