24 Hours presents an outdoor preview of a Karrabing audio and video project exploring the ordinary obstacles Indigenous families face as they move through an ordinary day. Four video panels are arranged to follow the path of the sun. Voices from the past rise from the ground and merge with lyrics written by the collective and music directed by its younger members, becoming a sonic landscape. 24 Hours dramatizes and satirizes the settler forms of governance and extractive capitalism that Karrabing members encounter over the course of a day.
The Karrabing Film Collective is an indigenous media collective founded in 2010 and based at the upper end of the Northern Territory in Australia. They see themselves as a grassroots movement which uses its aesthetic practice as a means of self-organization. Their films show their lives, forge links to their land, and intervene in the global image of indigenousness. Their develop their own artistic language between fiction and documentary and history and the present which can be understood as a new form of collective indigenous action. The medium of film is a form of survival strategy – a refusal to renounce their own land and a means of exploring the social conditions of inequality.
Wednesday, August 21 – Sunday, 25
daily: 11am – 8pm
As part of the exhibition Arsenal Institute shows further works by the Karrabing Film Collective: more about the program...