Give me the night. 4 March 2017. 7am - 7pm
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More Than 1 Nation

The Electric Canvas in collaboration with Pitcha Makin Fellas

More Than 1 Nation


Ballarat

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Former Bank of New South Wales

15 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

Time7.00pm – 7.00am

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More Than 1 Nation

The Electric Canvas in collaboration with Pitcha Makin Fellas


Australia before colonisation comprised 200 to 300 autonomous ‘nations’ or ‘language groups’. The nations of Indigenous Australia were, and are, as distinct from each other as the nations of Europe or Africa.

More Than 1 Nation constructs a visually beautiful tale of redemption, honour, triumph and renewal from a history that includes cultural misappropriation and degradation by European colonists. The pulling apart of Aboriginal culture and community gives way to a contemporary ‘roaring days’ era in which the roar in the Fellas’ story is the collective voice of Aboriginal Australians at the forefront of culture and community, reminding us that they were here before gold, were present on the goldfields and are still here, now.

Conjuring the last 40 000 years in striking imagery, Pitcha Makin Fellas’ patterned paintings contain the building blocks to animate The Electric Canvas’ architectural projection, accompanied by an original soundtrack*. The resulting work is a powerful narrative around the resilience and creative strength of Aboriginal people and their generosity of spirit. It is made as a gift to all Australians and a call to reinforce that Australia remains magnificently diverse and More Than 1 Nation, still.

*Featuring Only A Few, an original composition written by Peter-Shane Rotumah, Ian Johnson and Henry Thorpe, and I Hope You Will Dream by Myles Walsh.

Image courtesy of the artists

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