Join us to celebrate the launch of two new projects by Hannah Brontë, Powa Wave with a talk by the artist at UTS Broadway Screen, followed by the opening of Neon Oracle at UTS Gallery.
5pm – Welcome to Country & Artist Talk, UTS Broadway Screen, 61 Broadway, Ultimo
5:45pm – Walk to UTS Gallery
6pm – Exhibition Opening, UTS Gallery, 702 Harris St, Ultimo
Curated by Stella Rosa McDonald, Neon Oracle considers Hannah Brontë’s use of language as a form of resistance. The exhibition presents over 30 text-based prints, banners, and textile works produced by the artist since 2012, alongside a series of new works made cooperatively with members of Twenty10, a NSW-based LGBTIQA+ service for young people aged 12-25. Neon Oracle brings focus to her text-based works, situating the word-as-image as a means to inspire collective action in the face of ecological disaster and political change, affirm individual agency and create safe social space. Together, the works in Neon Oracle form a rallying cry for a liveable future and are united by Brontë’s spirit; playful, empathetic, and sincere.
UTS Gallery & Art Collection will also premiere Brontë’s film Powa Wave, a new digital commission for the UTS Broadway Screen, which is dedicated to digital art made by leading Australian artists.
Powa Wave explores the radical act of being a Queer woman in the ocean today. The history of surfing has its roots firmly planted as far back as the 12th century in Polynesia predating any European contact. There are now 2.7 million surfers nationally, yet being a Queer surfer is still considered dangerous and taboo. Powa Wave is the 6th commission in an ambitious program of digital commissions by contemporary Australian artists, chosen for the distinct ways in which they articulate the social, cultural and environmental conditions that define us.
About the artist:
Hannah Brontë is an artist living and working on Yugambeh country, whose body of work explores the feminine experience, and its intersections with queerness, spirituality and motherhood journeys. She makes video, textiles, texts and soundscapes that present speculative dreamscapes and alternate universes through her own distinctive kaleidoscopic lens. Brontë has collaborated with spiritual and physical healers and is interested in appplying these practices within art-making to expand connection and community. Brontë is also an established DJ, a trainee birthing doula and the Creatrix of FEMPRESS – an ongoing series of immersive dance experiences that use the magic of the club to collectively imagine futures together.
Header image: Hannah Brontë, I’d Rather Be A Snake, 2019, vinyl banner. Courtesy the artist.