Neon Oracle

Hannah Brontë

  • UTS Gallery

    Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6)
    702 Harris St, Ultimo,
    University of Technology, Sydney

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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.

Known for her videos, banners and large-scale installations, Hannah Brontë has created public works that are spirited affirmations of matriarchy and collective power. Brontë uses language—inspired by the nexus of poetry, visual art and music—as a form of public address driven by her personal, political and social contexts. 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.

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 applying 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.

Exhibition catalogue

Neon Oracle is accompanied by a publication with a fold-out poster, and texts by curator Stella Rose McDonald and Hannah Brontë.

Design by Daryl Prondoso.

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Neon Oracle is presented in partnership with Twenty10 and the UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, with support from Pixel Perfect. Powa Wave will tour to West Space in 2023.

Image: Hannah Brontë, I’d Rather Be A Snake, 2019, vinyl banner. Courtesy the artist.