Storytelling, Narrative and Art Form: Panel Discussion, Q&A & performance

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Join a diverse group of artists for an evening of conversation about the power of storytelling through different art forms.

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Storytelling is everywhere; in our local podcasts, projecting from the stage in the form of spoken word, cabaret or dance, and in the wisdom of our elders. It’s in the comic images of graphic novels, in photographic essays, in our Instagram feeds and on the streets.

Storytelling can be a powerful way of building understanding among people, across cultures, across generations. Stories, true and fictional, hold a special power – calling upon the imagination of both the teller and receiver. Stories also give weight to a particular narrative.

Through other people’s stories, we may learn about ways of living which are different from our own, or imagine alternative futures or histories.

Yarra City Arts presents an evening of conversation about the power of storytelling through different art forms, and the morals and ethics associated with telling stories.

Hosted by writer and curator Andy Butler, hear from a panel of artists including Clinton Naina, Amy Spiers, Kirsten Lyttle, Mama Alto and Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe about how they use a range of art forms from performance, photography, weaving, painting, musical scores to socially engaged art practice - to translate, interpret and tell specific stories.

This is a FREE event, registrations preferred.

This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

The Melba Spiegeltent is wheelchair accessible.

Light refreshments provided, drinks available at the bar.

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About the panelists

ANDY BUTLER

Andy Butler is a writer, curator and artist. His writing on art and politics has been published widely, including in The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Art + Australia, Overland and Runway,, and in publications for major art institutions. He has curated exhibitions and exhibited his own work at artist run and public galleries, read or performed at national and international writers' festivals, and undertaken writing and artist residencies in Australia and overseas. He sits on the board of SEVENTH Gallery and is a co-director of Mailbox Art Space.

CLINTON NAINA

Clinton Naina was born on the 18th December 1971 in Carlton Melbourne.

He is the second youngest of seven siblings. His mother was from the Torres Strait Islands, she descends from the Meriam Mer people of the eastern Torres Strait, also the Ku-Ku people of Cape York. On his father’s side, his lineage is from Denmark and Ireland. He was also born here in Melbourne.

Clinton has spent most of his life here in Melbourne living and working as an artist. Also some members in his family are also artists. Clinton’s mother was Eleanor Harding, who was a political activist and community service worker. His mother passed away in 1996.

Clinton was taken as a newborn to his first Aboriginal land rights protest at 1 month old. To the first Aboriginal tent Embassy in Canberra on Australia Day on the 26 January 1972. That was the start of a political awareness of his peoples ongoing struggle for survival.

Clinton graduated from Northern Metropolitan College of Tafe in 1991 with an advanced certificate of the Arts. In 1992-1994 he graduated from The Victorian College of The Arts/University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Graduating as the first indigenous graduate in the school of Fine Arts/ Painting. In 2001-2003 he graduated from the University of New South Wales, Sydney with a Masters of Fine Arts (research).

Clinton has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. As an abstract painter, he uses domestic materials as his mediums, such as heritage coloured house paint, bitumen paint and domestic household bleach (white king). He also uses references from the dominant culture and it’s symbols that symbolise language, religion, land, country, targeted, crown and colonisation of the dispossessed.

AMY SPIERS

Amy Spiers is a Naarm/Melbourne-based artist, writer and researcher. Her socially-engaged, critical art practice focuses on the creation of live performances, participatory situations and multi-artform installations for both site-specific and gallery contexts. Her work aims to prompt questions and debate about the present social order — particularly about the gaps and silences in public discourse where difficult histories and social issues are not confronted. Spiers has presented art projects across Australia and internationally, including at Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne), the Museum für Neue Kunst (Freiburg), MONA FOMA festival (Hobart) and the 2015 Vienna Biennale.

As a writer and researcher, Amy has published texts widely in art journals, books and magazines, including for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery, Journal of Arts and Communities and Open Engagement. Spiers completed a Master of Fine Art in 2011 and a PhD in 2018 at the Victorian College of the Arts.

KIRSTEN LYTTLE

Kirsten Lyttle a Melbourne based artist and researcher who is of Māori descent. Her Iwi (tribe) is Waikato, (Ngāti Tahinga, Tainui A Whiro). Born in Sydney, she spent her childhood in Wellington (New Zealand) and grew-up in Melbourne, where she is still based.

Kirsten has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally including, Indonesian Contemporary Art Network Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Galleria 291 Est. Rome (Italy), and Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland. In 2015 she went to Canada as the artist in residence as part of the RMIT/University of Lethbridge, Indigenous Residency Gushul Studio, Blairmore, Canada. She has been shortlisted for the Bowness prize (Monash Gallery of Art) in 2016 and 2018. Her work has been acquired by numerous public and private collections such as the Moreland City Council (2019).

Recent exhibitions include Digital Mana,(2018) Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Octopus 18: Mother Tongue, (2018) curated by Kimberley Moulton, Gertrude Contemporary, Preston, Love Exhibition, (2018-2019) curated by Isabel Smith and Dr Moya McFadzean, Immigration Museum, Museums Victoria, Melbourne. In Her Words, (2019) curated by Olivia Poloni, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham.

Kirsten is currently a PhD candidate at Deakin University (Burwood). She also teaches photography at Deakin University in the School of Community and Creative Arts and at Photography Studies College in Southbank.

STEPHANIE KABANYANA KANYANDEKWE

Stephanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe is a Rwandan-British composer and multidisciplinary artist.

Through her viewpoint as a synaesthetic “third-culture kid,” her research-based arts practice investigates the construction and archiving of culture through transcription into visual languages.

Stephanie uses music and performance practice to articulate these languages in a tangible, story-telling format, which enables cultural context to remain and be respected.

MAMA ALTO

Mama Alto is a gender transcendent diva, cabaret artiste, jazz singer & community activist. She is a non-binary trans femme person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness & power in vulnerability. Fierce, femme & fabulous, she has been lauded as “divine” (Havana Tribune, Cuba), “near flawless” (The Age), and “a knockout” (The Herald Sun). Drawing on legacies of vintage torch singers & her own identity as a queer person of colour, Mama Alto’s vocal & visual aesthetic transcend gender, disrupting & discomforting societal constructions of dichotomous boundaries. The social power of her work echoes through her audience and communities. By embracing perceived difference she reclaims narratives of othering, empowers the marginalised, defies the normative & rejoices in the sublime.

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