Publication Date: Sep 2022
RRP: $40.00
ISBN: 9781922633330
Format: Paperback
Size: 170mm x 210mm
Pages: 220
Category: Art, Design & Architecture, Indigenous Studies, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

Collective Movements

Collective Movements

First Nations Collectives, Collaborations and Creative Practices from across Victoria

Edited by Kate ten Buuren and Maya Hodge


Collective Movements is a wide-ranging project focusing on the work of historic and contemporary First Nations creative practitioners and community groups in south-eastern Australia that recognises collectivity as integral to Indigenous knowledges and ways of being. This project and publication begins from a desire to make a language and terminology beyond Western art concepts of ‘collaboration’ and ‘collectivism’ more visible, and to better describe and acknowledge the way Indigenous creatives work within a broader community and its inheritances.

Collective Movements includes contributions from Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chamber orchestra, Ensemble Dutala; leading Australian First Nations theatre company ILBIJERRI; Aboriginal art centre Kaiela Arts Shepparton; Melbourne-based collective this mob; Ballarat artist collective Pitcha Makin Fellas; Koorroyarr Arts, the creative platform founded by Gunditjmara sisters Kelsey and Tarryn Love; and The Torch, an arts support platform for Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria. It also traces the stories of the widespread return of Possum Skin Cloak making in south-eastern Australia, the landmark 1996 festival We Iri, We Homeborn, and Latje Latje Dance Group Mildura, one of the earliest organised dance groups in Victoria.

Collective Movements is co-curated by Taungurung curator, artist and writer Kate ten Buuren; Lardil and Yangkaal artist and curator Maya Hodge; and Boon Wurrung Elder and Traditional Owner, N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM. The publication is edited by Kate ten Buuren and Maya Hodge, and includes texts and interviews by Bryan Andy, Paola Balla, Belinda Briggs, Yaraan Bundle, Maddee Clark, Brian Martin, Tiriki Onus, Steven Rhall and the Collective Movements curatorium. It is designed by Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri artist-designer, Jenna Lee.

Contributors: Bryan Andy, Paola Balla, Belinda Briggs, Yaraan Bundle, Maddee Clark, Tiriki Onus, Steven Rhall. Further contributors: Ensemble Dutala, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Kaiela Arts, Koorroyarr Arts, Pitcha Makin Fellas, The Torch, this mob, and artists associated with the Latje Latje Dance Group Mildura, the revitalisation of Possum Skin Cloak making in south-eastern Australia and the landmark 1996 festival We Iri, We Homeborn

Collective Movements (Trailer) from MUMAmonash on Vimeo.


Kate ten Buuren

Kate ten Buuren is a Taungurung curator, artist and writer working on Kulin Country. Kate’s cross-disciplinary practice investigates collective and collaborative ways of working, and her interest in contemporary visual art, film and oral traditions is grounded in self-determination, self-representation...
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Maya Hodge

Maya Hodge is a proud Lardil and Yangkaal woman raised in Mildura, Victoria, currently based on the lands of the Kulin Nation (Melbourne). Focusing on how artistic processes act as a way of healing, Maya’s creative practice, music and writing...
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