Kimberley Moulton. Photo James Henry

Paola Balla

Ali Gumillya Baker

Nicole Monks. Photo Prue Aja

Sunday 15 October, 2pm

Kimberley Moulton (co-curator)
Ali Gumillya Baker
Paola Balla
Nicole Monks


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Join Next Matriarch exhibition co-curator Kimberley Moulton in conversation with artists Ali Gumillya Baker, Paola Balla and Nicole Monks for a discussion examining matriarchy, female power and the voice of First Nation female artists.

Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta-Yorta woman, curator and writer and is the Senior Curator of South Eastern Aboriginal Collections for Museums Victoria at Melbourne Museum.  Her curatorial practice is centred on the intersection of contemporary First Peoples art and First Peoples cultural material in museums with a particular focus on contemporary response to collections, community access and creative cultural development. Kimberley was curator of Birrarung community arts program at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum from 2009-2015 and an assistant curator First Peoples exhibition. Along with sixteen exhibitions at Bunjilaka Kimberley has independently curated where the water moves where it rests, the art of Djambawa Marawili, (at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, USA, 2015), State of The Nation, (ACounihan Gallery Brunswick, 2016) A Call From The West; The Continuing Legacy of Mr William Cooper, (Footscray Community Arts Centre 2016), co-curator for Artbank Sydney Social Day 2016 and RECNTRE;sisters (City Of Melbourne Gallery, 2017).

Kimberley was an inaugural participant of the National Gallery of Australia’s Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program 2010, a participant in the 2013 British Council ACCELERATE program United Kingdom and the 2015 inaugural National Gallery of Australia International Curatorial Fellow at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Collection in Charlottesville, USA. Kimberley was a judge for the 2015 Art Gallery Western Australia National Indigenous Art Awards and 2016 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. In 2016 Kimberley was a participant in the Australia Council for Arts Indigenous Curators Delegation to the USA and Harvard University and was recently was a participant for the 2017 First Nations Curators Program, Venice Biennale Italy for Tracy Moffatt. Kimberley has written for various publications including the Kaldor Public Art Project, National Gallery of Australia, Art Monthly, Artlink and Arts Almanac and currently member of the board BlakDot Gallery Melbourne and Gallery Kaiela Aboriginal Art Gallery Shepparton.

Ali Gumillya Baker is a Mirning woman whose family come from the Nullarbor and Far West Coast of South Australia. Her recent performative and installation work examines the weight of colonialism and the symbols of power that these histories have created. Ali often works collaboratively as part of the Unbound Collective; (Simone Ulalka Tur, Natalie Harkin and Faye Rosas Blanch) on a performance and installation series titled; Bound and Unbound Sovereign Acts. The Unbound collective performed at TARNANTHI in 2015 and projected love poems onto the back of the South Australian Museum and Armoury building, a building that was once one of the epi-centres of physical anthropology. Ali’s work traces her family’s presence in the colonial archives and is focused on decolonial love, ethics, collective memories and the aspects of our beings that lay beyond oppressive racist ideas, administration and governmentality.

Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara artist, curator, speaker and writer, and is doing a Creative Thesis PhD situating the ways First Nations women disrupt colonial narratives by speaking blak. Paola is the inaugural recipient of the Lisa Bellear Indigenous Post Graduate Scholarship. Her work centres on raising awareness of Aboriginal women’s status as matriarchs, artists, healers, and activists and articulating the impacts of colonial trauma. Paola won the Three Dimensional Award, VIAA twice and curated Executed at City Gallery and co-curated Sovereignty at ACCA and was recently featured in Time Out Magazine’s Deadly edition.

Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage. Living and practicing in Sydney, Monks is informed by her cross-cultural identity. A designer by trade, Monks crosses artforms to work with furniture and objects, textiles, video, installation and performance. In addition to her solo practice, Monks is also well known for her success as a collaborative artist and as founder of blackandwhite creative. In 2016, Monks won the Marika Memorial 3D Art Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin, Northern Territory, and is the recipient of the 2016 Arts NSW Design Mentorship Program.

Supported by TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with support of the Government of South Australia.