7. James Tylor / Saroeun Blong / Salote Tawale / The Colli Crew / Adrian Stimson

Born 1986, Mildura, Victoria
Lives and works Canberra

Karta Pintingga (The Island of the Dead) 2020
single-channel digital video, black and white, silent
10:00 mins
Courtesy the artist

Born 1998 in Ratanakiri, Cambodia
Lives and works Ratanakiri

ប៉ានៅណា? (Where’s my father?) 2019
single-channel digital video, colour, sound
9:20 mins
Courtesy the artist and Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh

Born 1976 in Suva, Fiji
Lives and works Sydney

Super 2003
single-channel digital video, colour, sound
2:46 mins
Courtesy the artist

Formed 2010
Live and work in Collarenebri, New South Wales

Close That Gap 2010
single-channel digital video, colour, sound
2:55 minutes
Courtesy the artist

Born 1964 in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Lives and works Alberta, Canada
A member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, located on Treaty 7 Territory in southern Alberta, Canada

Buffalo Boy Dreams in 4 Directions 2020
single-channel digital video, black and white, sound
10:00 mins
Courtesy the artist

15 Screens Reel 1

15 Screens was initiated as a platform to exhibit artists in juxtaposition to interconnected themes. Broken into separate reels for the purposes of NIRIN NAARM’s online delivery, the series hosts a variety of moving image material, from artistic video work, documentary and archival footage, to infomercials, music video clips and short film. Though varied in style, these stand-alone works are united in their expression of critical issues, humour, beauty, calls to action, and at times marginalised histories that demand our attention.

The diverse range of artists, creatives and filmmakers participating in 15 Screens present us with unique and compelling stories. James Tylor’s visual essay Karta Pintingga (The Island of the Dead) captures a sense of place on Kangaroo Island as well as its complex history, while Saroeun Blong’s work Where’s my father? 2019, commissioned and acquired by the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Cambodia offers fresh perspectives of humanity, perseverance and family from which to relate our own lives. In Salote Tawale’s work, the artist uses her own body to portray all of the characters within a superhero narrative, commenting on what is perceived as the ‘normal body’ within Australian society. The Colli Crew, a group of school kids from Collarenebri Central School in remote New South Wales, have produced and performed in music videos, commenting on the struggle for rights and equality, and reflecting on social, political and economic opportunities for First Nation Australians. As they say, ‘Change comes from you, from me, from us, and that’s fact.’ Finally, Adrian Stimson’s video connects to his photographic series Buffalo Boy which was exhibited as part of in NIRIN at Campbelltown Art Centre in Sydney; a parody of Buffalo Bill and a fusion of identities where characters fight the colonial project.