These Arms Hold traces the strength of Aboriginal women from the outlaw days to the present

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These Arms Hold traces the strength of Aboriginal women from the outlaw days to the present

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Celebrating the often-overlooked resilience and strength of Aboriginal women, the new These Arms Hold exhibition at the Incinerator Gallery promises to be a poignant journey through history, culture, and contemporary expression.

Curated by Maya Hodge, this exhibition brings together the works of Gabi Briggs, Indianna Hunt, Moorina Bonini, and Tarryn Love, showcasing the multifaceted ways in which Aboriginal women assert their sovereignty and resistance.

Drawing inspiration from Professor Nicole Watson’s insights into the pivotal role of Aboriginal women in an outlaw culture born out of colonial harm, These Arms Hold is a tribute to generations of women who have fought tirelessly for their land, families, and identities.

These Arms Hold

  • Incinerator Gallery
  • July 6 to September 8 2024
  • Artists: Gabi Briggs, Indianna Hunt, Moorina Bonini, and Tarryn Love

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From the Frontier Wars to present-day activism, Aboriginal women have stood at the forefront of resistance, embodying strength, vulnerability, and care in equal measure.

Through a blend of contemporary and traditional art forms, the exhibition beautifully weaves together narratives of ancestral knowledge, cultural practices, and personal experiences.

“This project is a testament to the enduring and resilient spirit of Aboriginal women, who have always been on the frontline for their communities. It also shares the care, deep love, and vulnerabilities of what it means to be a Black woman surviving in the colony – through strong matriarchal creative practices, storytelling, joy, care for Country, and everyday resistance,” says Hodge.

The featured artists have collaborated in five workshops where they have created four new commissions celebrating ancestral ties and inter-generational knowledge sharing.

Supported by Blak Dot Gallery and the Australian Government through Creative Australia, These Arms Hold not only celebrates Aboriginal women’s resistance but also highlights the complexities of Black womanhood in a colonial context.

As visitors immerse themselves in the artworks and stories presented, they are invited to witness the care, love, and everyday resistance that define the lived experiences of Aboriginal women. These Arms Hold is a journey through the unwavering strength of Aboriginal women.

For more information and to plan your visit, head here.