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12 Nov 2017 | 12.00pm - 1.00pm

We extend an open invitation to join Amala Groom in conversation with Simon Chan discussing Amala's commissioned 6 channel video 'Have you seen MY Emily?'. Simon is the director of Art Atrium and SCA Architects. He is Chair of @aboriginalbenefitsfoundation and Director of VisAsia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Have you seen MY Emily? is the first institutional exhibition by Wiradjuri conceptual artist, Amala Groom. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has commissioned the artist to develop and present a 6-channel digital video work where Groom performs an extended conversation between herself and the wife of a former Prime Minister in a stately Manhattan home.

Based upon an actual conversation, the installation seeks to expand upon the language of ownership and authority surrounding western perceptions of Aboriginal art and culture, unveiling the indistinct nuances of interpretation and the potentially shocking hidden truths that language can possess.

Reimagining the conversation and the behaviours of both parties, Groom unpacks what was said, what was imagined to be said, and what it could have really meant.

As a bookend to the conversation, the exhibition features the painting, Untitled – by the very subject of the conversation, Anmatyerre artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Curated by Adam Porter
Amala Groom, Have you seen MY Emily, 2017. (Production still) image credit: Hamish Ta-me 
Filming supported by CuriousWorks. 
Emily Kame Kngwarreye artwork loan courtesy of Simon Chan – Art Atrium.

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre
Turbine Gallery

Duration1 hr

AgesAll ages


Phone02 9824 1121


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