Curator-led tour: PRIDE
Join exhibition co-curators, Dominic Guerrera and Patrice Sharkey, for a guided tour of PRIDE
Adelaide Contemporary Experimental
21 October 2023
3:00pm to 4:00pm
PRIDE co-curators, Dominic Guerrera and ACE Artistic Director Patrice Sharkey, will share the knowledge they have learned from liaising with the exhibition artists, including their intentions and methods of making, as well as providing a local context to Peter Waples-Crowe’s work.
Dominic Guerrera is a Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian person living on Kaurna Yarta. His practice includes curating, poetry, writing, podcasting and photography, focussing primarily on the social justice issues faced by Aboriginal peoples. He is currently employed as a First Nations Producer at Country Arts SA. In 2021 Dominic was awarded The Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize for his poem ‘Unwelcome To Country’.
Patrice Sharkey is the Artistic Director of Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (ACE). Her critically acclaimed curatorial practice is focused on commissioning new work, addressing timely and adopting experimental methodologies.
ACCESS – This is a walking tour through the gallery with stools or seats with backrests available. We are happy to book an interpreter if needed – please reach out to email@example.com if you would like to make a request (two weeks notice required).
Feature Image: Peter Waples-Crowe, 'Ngaya (I Am)' (2022), single-channel video installation, 5 minutes. With Rhian Hinkley and composer Harry Covill. Commissioned by ACMI. Courtesy the artist © Peter Waples-Crowe and ACMI.
“I see my Aboriginalness and queerness all wrapped in my spirit” – Peter Waples-Crowe.
PRIDE is the first major presentation of Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe’s work in South Australia. An unapologetic celebration, PRIDE brings Aboriginal queer visibility to the fore and highlights Peter’s dedication to community.
Working across drawing, collage, sculpture and moving image, Peter’s practice is largely based on personal experiences as influenced by his adoption and reconnection with his Ngarigo heritage, and over 25 years experience as a community health worker within Aboriginal and LGBTQIA2+ health. His work is a deep commentary on the world as a contested site for his multiple identities. Heavily used throughout his work are depictions of Dingoes, a totemic figure and an analogy of survival for queer outsiders.
Co-curated by Dominic Guerrera (Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri) and Patrice Sharkey, key works featured in PRIDE include Ngarigo queen – Cloak of queer visibility (2018), which takes the form of a possum skin cloak, a cultural belonging for some Aboriginal groups. It also represents the loss of queer Aboriginal roles and traditions, erased by colonisation (often guided by strict religious-heterosexual views). Ngaya (I Am) (2022) is an autobiographical short film that layers colonial paintings, footage from tourism campaigns and advertisements for the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme to interrogate the way non-Indigenous people construct images of Aboriginal land and people.
Peter is an activist and community organiser, a leader for younger Aboriginal queer people to look towards and learn the path of finding oneself. A keen collaborator with other artists, Peter initiated an Aboriginal mentorship for PRIDE with three local emerging artists: Alfred Lowe (Arrernte), Tyberius Larking (Mirning) and Jayda Wilson (Gugada, Wirangu). Using language, ceramics and digital illustration, each artist has contributed works that connect thematically to the idea of what pride means to them. Like identity, there are no limits to how we celebrate ourselves and the love that emanates from within. Their works are also a bold strike back at the colony and a reclaiming of ownership of Aboriginal storytelling.
In the face of erasure and discrimination, PRIDE is a defiant statement about standing up and representing yourself and your Mob. It’s the colours of survival, the attitude of punk and a deep love of community – Blak and queer, we have always been here.
Presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art.
This project is supported by the City of Adelaide.