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Blak Wave


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Next Wave Festival 2014’s keynote initiative, Blak Wave, involves the creation of a publication that showcases the work of the next generation of Indigenous artists. In this document, contributors are invited to explore the political, personal and aesthetic boundaries of contemporary art.

Tahjee Moar is a young Torres Strait Islander woman, a curator and co-founder of Yolk Collective, a not-for-profit organization comprised of six Art Theory students from the Centre of Fine Arts in Sydney. The collective is designed to create opportunities and editorial for emerging artists. Tony Albert is a highly accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited in Israel, South Korea, New Zealand and Cuba. His work can be seen in many collections around Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

In this panel discussion as part of Next Wave Festival 2014’s grand narrative, Tahjee, Tony and fellow artists Destiny Deacon, Virginia Fraser, Clinton Nain and host Richard Bell speak frankly on what it means to be a 21st Century Indigenous art practitioner and how their artistic practices are helping to forge a fresh path to the future.

A good event starts great conversations. Here’s your chance to stay back a while and meet the guest speakers. Nibbles provided. Drinks at bar prices.

The final half hour of the published event time is set aside for informal conversation and drinks.


Tahjee Moar

Tahjee Moar is based in Sydney as an independent curator, and is currently a Gallery Educator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Co-Curator of Blak Wave for Next Wave. She is a descendent of the Meriam, Barkindji and Malyangapa people. Tahjee recently completed a Bachelor of Art Theory at the... Read more

Clinton Nain

Clinton Nain (G’ua G’ua and Meriam) is an artist. He was born in 1971 in Melbourne, Victoria and lives and works in Melbourne. Clinton held his first solo exhibition in 1996 at Hogarth Galleries, Sydney. He has since been represented in Blak City Culture, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, ... Read more

Tony Albert

Tony Albert is a contemporary artist based in Sydney. In 2013 Tony held a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Internationally, he has exhibited his work at the Singapore Art Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the City Gallery Wellington, and the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art. ... Read more

Destiny Deacon
Destiny Deacon

Destiny Deacon (K’ua K’ua and Erub/Mer) was born in 1957 in Maryborough, Queensland and now lives and works in Melbourne. An artist, her work featured in Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, 2002, and the 10th Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, 2010. Destiny completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) at the Univ... Read more

Virginia Fraser
Virginia Fraser

Virginia Fraser is an artist, writer, editor and curator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts) from Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne, and a Master of Fine Arts by research from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her art practice consists mainly of video and installation works, often m... Read more

Richard Bell

A past member of the Campfire group, Richard Bell is a founding member of Brisbane-based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Richard was born in 1953 in Charleville, Queensland, and is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang commun... Read more


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