During the height of the pandemic in 2020, the City of Port Phillip ran an Arts Grant program for First People. Two of the recipients, Amina-Jarra Briggs (visual artist) and Joel Bray (dancer) met with videographer Alec McCloskey (The Tropics) to discuss their projects as part of Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee 2021.
View the videos below.
Content warning: video contains nudity.
Amina is an an Aboriginal and Torres Strait woman, based in Melbourne. Her chosen medium is candy, due to COVID she had to be resourceful with what materials she could get on my hands on! Amina finds working with candy unpredictable and ominous but it’s never boring - everyday is exciting because of it. A deep need to evoke emotions in others drives Amina's art.
A Melbourne-based dancer and performance-maker, Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man, who and CHUNKY MOVE’s inaugural choreographer in residence. His works - Biladurang and Daddy - are intimate encounters, often in unorthodox spaces, in which audiences are invited in as co-storytellers in works engaging with Australian race relations and Queer issues.