The Commute: Connecting Indigenous Culture across the Pacific

14 November 2018

Art shows a collage of various plants and squiggle through the middle
The Commute', Institute of Modern Art, 2018. Photo credit: Carl Warner

Sector: Visual art

Grantee: Institute of Modern Art

Project description

Drawing from the experiences of commuting cultures, this exhibition encompasses a series of commissioned projects by artists located around the Great Ocean, also known as the Pacific Rim, who assert complex, wide-ranging, contemporary Indigenous experiences inclusive of both ancestral knowledges and global connections. Visiting Curators will work closely with eight Indigenous artists, Chantal Fraser (Sāmoa), Carol McGregor (Wathaurung, Scottish), Lisa Hilli (Gunantuna), Hannah Brontë (Yaegel) T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss (Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh, Stó:lō, Irish, Métis, Kanaka Maoli, Swiss), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv, Klahoose), Natalie Ball (Modoc, Klamath, Black), and Ahilapalapa Rands (Kanaka Maoli, iTaukei Viti, Pākehā). The Commute is a collaborative project led by Indigenous curators Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoa, Irānzamin, Guangdong), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian) and Lana Lopesi (Sāmoa), invited as Visiting Curators during 2018 at the IMA in Brisbane.

Key dates

  • 22 September 2018, Exhibition Launch Event and Media Preview, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • 1 November 2018 to 30 November 2019, Exhibition Launch Event and Media Preview, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

Country: Canada

Total project value: $231,055.00

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant: $52,270

Last Updated: 14 November 2018