Victoria Hunt
TAKE 2019, 9:19 mins

Rehab Nazzal
A Night at Home 2019, 4:00 mins

Colectivo Ayllu
beautiful features 2020, 5:00 mins

Born on the land of the Yugambeh people, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Lives and works on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, Sydney
Ancestral Affiliations are Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhaakata,
English, Irish and Finnish

TAKE 2019
single-channel digital video, colour, sound
9:19 mins
Courtesy the artist
Originally supported by Sydney Opera House Digital Mentorship
Program with editor/producer Margot Nash

Victoria Hunt’s TAKE 2019 draws together mana wahine (female knowledge), dance and archival materials to retell the story of the removal of the ancestral Māori meeting house, Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito, from Aotearoa/New Zealand to England in 1892. TAKE constitutes an emotional engagement with history, and a call for the restitution of cultural material to the places from which they originally came.

Born 1986 in Mildura, Victoria
Lives and works Toronto, Canada; Bethlehem and Ramallah, Palestine

A Night at Home 2019
single-channel digital video, colour, sound
4:00 mins
Courtesy the artist

A Night at Home is a sound work of a military night intrusion on Palestinian civilians that also offers a visual experience through the inclusion of English subtitles of whispered dialogue and glances of flickering light between mother and child. It was recorded in the Jenin area of Palestine while visiting my mother with my children. After midnight we woke up to sounds of bombing and shooting, terrified and disoriented. My son was asking questions that I as a parent was unable to answer. Neither was my mother able to answer my questions. Israeli occupation forces regularly invade Palestinian communities at night, inflicting terror, conducting home raids, and arresting activists who demand an end to the occupation of their homeland. With the absence of light, hence the absence of image, sensorium sensation dominates the sense of place for those who encounter such experiences.”

Rehab Nazzal’s A Night at Home, created in a conflict zone in the Jenin area of Palestine, bears the formal traces of these conditions, conveying meaning through sound and the whispered words of a stranger.

Formed 2009 in Madrid, Spain
Live and work in Madrid
Alex Aguirre Sánchez
Born 1973 in Quito, Ecuador
Leticia / Kimy Rojas
Born 1969 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Francisco Godoy Vega
Born 1983 in Santiago, Chile
Lucrecia Masson
Born 1981 in Ombucta, Argentina
Yos Piña Narváez
Born 1984 in Caracas, Venezuela

beautiful features 2020
single-channel digital video, colour, sound
4:00 mins
Courtesy the artists

“We remember that we are alive by our ancestors. We resist with pleasure. We resist with our open colonial wounds. We resist occupying the streets shouting against white supremacy.”

Colectivo Ayllu / Migrantes Transgresorxs is a collaborative research and artistic-political action group formed by migrants, people of colour, queer and sexual-gender dissidents from the ex-Spanish colonies. Their work draws upon long memories of colonial pain and contemporary realities of racism and violence, border control and detention centres, and modern technologies of surveillance, regulation and control. The collective proposes a critique of white supremacy and European colonial heteronormative ideology.

In their film beautiful features 2020, Colectivo Allyu employ dance and protest as political strategies in an exhilarating critique of western and heteronormative constructions which persist in the Spanish colonial context. As they express: ‘In 2020 we, Black and Indigenous sodomites, are still alive and with wounds we dance the pain away.’