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Digital Exhibition – Moorina Bonini, Australian Melting Pot, 2018
1 March 2021 at 9:00 am – 28 March 2021 at 5:00 pm
Moorina Bonini: Australian Melting Pot, 2018
A Blak Dot Gallery digital exhibition touring with NETS Victoria. Curated by Kimba Thompson.
Australian Melting Pot (2018) demonstrates an intentional action undertaken to understand the construct of the Australian identity. Through uncovering, re-learning and mixing together, the perfect identity stew is presented.
Simmering idealistic fantasies rise to the top of the pot and the fire that burns under Nonna’s gnocchi pot in addition to cooking the stew, stains the outside surface with black. The same tone that remained after the intentional burning for the desire of regrowth and gain.
Moorina Bonini is a proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna and the Yorta Yorta and Murundjeri-Woiwurrung Briggs/McCrae family. Moorina is an artist whose works are informed by her experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman. Her practice is driven by a self-reflexive methodology that enables the reexamination of lived experiences that have influenced the construction of her cultural identity. By unsettling the narrative placed upon Aboriginal people as a result of colonization of Aboriginal Australia, Bonini’s practice is based within Indigenous Knowledge systems and brings this to the fore.
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.