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Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Angela Tiatia and Léuli Eshrāghi in conversation

15 February 2020
3:00pm - 4:30pm
UNSW Galleries
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This conversation will explore moving image works by artists Sarah Biscarra Dilley and Angela Tiatia in the context of Léuli Eshrāghi's curation of O le ūa na fua mai Manu a, engaging with ceremonial-political roles of artist and curator adjacent to Western knowledge structures.


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Sarah Biscarra Dilley (b. 1986, lives and works in xučyun/Oakland) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, writer, educator and member of the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash people. Her interdisciplinary process is grounded in collaboration across experiences, communities, and place. Relating unceded land throughout nitspu tiłhin ktityu, the State of California, and places joined by shared water, her written and visual texts connect extractive industries, absent treaties, and enclosure to emphasise movement, resilience, sovereignty, and self-determination. Her academic and visual work has been exhibited internationally. Sites of engagement include: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, California Historical Society, University of California at Santa Barbara, SOMArts Cultural Center, First Peoples House at University of Victoria, Toronto Free Gallery, Open Engagement, Institute of Modern Art, and Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). Sarah is currently pursuing a PhD in Native American Studies with the University of California, Davis.

Dr Léuli Eshrāghi (b. 1986, lives and works in Garrmalang/Darwin and Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/ Montreal) is a Sāmoan artist, curator and researcher, who intervenes in display territories to centre Indigenous presence and power, sensual and spoken languages, and ceremonial-political practices. Ia contributes to growing international critical practice across the Great Ocean and North America through residencies, exhibitions, publications, teaching and rights advocacy. Recent writing has been published in Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance (2019), Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism (2018), and Associations: Creative Practice and Research (2018). Eshrāghi holds a PhD in Curatorial Practice (2019) from Monash University, a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management (2012) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indigenous and Francophone Studies (2009) from University of Melbourne. Ia serves on the board of directors of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective/Collectif des commissaires autochtones (Canada) and advisory boards of the PHOTO2020 biennial and Melbourne Museum’s Pacific Gallery Redevelopment.

Angela Tiatia (b. 1973, lives and works in Sydney) explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place, often through the lenses of history and popular culture. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Angela Tiatia is of Sāmoan and Australian heritage. Her work is held in numerous public collections across Australia and New Zealand. Her major solo exhibitions include Narcissus, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2019), Soft Power, Alaska Projects, Sydney (2016); Survey / Fā’aliga, Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Auckland (2016); Edging and Seaming, City Gallery, Wellington (2013); and Neo-Colonial Extracts, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2011), and was awarded the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize in 2018. Tiatia is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf.

Image: Sarah Biscarra Dilley, 'kʔimitipɨtʸʔɨ' (2019). Courtesy Document Photography