In cultural partnership with National Gallery of Australia, HERE I AM: Art by Great Women is a major summer-long cultural arts festival
HERE I AM: Art by Great Women is being held at Kambri at the Australian National University and as a part of the festival, an outdoor public art exhibition will be held along Exhibition Avenue – Kambri’s newest cultural space. This festival features 24 diverse contemporary artists from across Australia, which a Gold Coast local artist, Libby Harward, is currently featured in.
Libby Harward is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay Area). She is known for her early work as an urban graffiti artist under the pseudonym of ‘Mz Murricod’, and her performance-based community activism. Her current work engages directly with politically charged ideas of national and international significance.
Her art featured in the festival, Mirapool, is an image taken in documentation of a performative rite or action she made on her ancestral country, at the saltwater lake – Mirapool – on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island). In this work, she employs humour, language and materiality to spark conversations with and about her Country and her connection to it. It’s from a suite of ephemeral works undertaken on Mulgumpin.
Libby states that everyday signs and objects are code-switched to foreground the relationship between exploited land and the material from which colonisation is constructed, turning the tools of occupation into a visual language of Aboriginal resistance.
You can see Libby’s art at Exhibiton Avenue at the Kambri Precinct, ANU until 28 February, 2021.
For more information on the festival, visit: Kambri