Because of Her We Will
by Pierra Van Sparkes
An ode to the matriarchs in our lives.
Those who came before, and those still to come.
The knowers, the fighters, the nurturers, the righters.
Thanks to her, we can.
Thanking her, we will.
Coinciding with NAIDOC Week and developed in response to this year’s theme, Because of Her We Can, Van Sparkes’ work features as part of Counihan Gallery’s annual screening event, The Winter Night Screen Project. Each year compelling video works are taken out of the gallery and are
viewable to all passers-by on Sydney Road.
Opening celebration: Wednesday 4 July, 6 - 8 pm
Featuring a performance by Baad & Yawuru singer songwriter Dani Sib.
Our exhibition A Widening Gap: The Intervention 10 Years On will also be open on the night.
Because of Her We Will is screening from 5 pm - 12 am nightly from 4 July - 15 July,
and can be seen from outside the gallery on Sydney Road.
Midsumma Winter Nights is a partnership project between
the Midsumma Festival and the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick.
About the Artist
Pierra Van Sparkes is a Kulin country based queer Pibbulman artist. Her work is inspired by the shared history, feelings and encounters that shape lived experiences of Aboriginality amidst a diverse range of Indigenous identities. Working with photography and digital media, she aims to interrogate mythscapes that inform notions of Indigenous authenticity and the modes in which these notions manifest. Her work has featured in Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Blak to the Future, (In)Visible’s BBQ: Blak, Beautiful and Queer, Manningham Art Gallery’s Badjur - Bagarook - Yorga - Woman, and at the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Koorie Art Show, taking home the 2016 RMIT University award and the 2017 Moogji Club People's Choice award.
Midsumma Festival is supporting this exhibition as part of their year-round engagement with our LGBTQIA+ Indigenous cultures.
Midsumma Festival, the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick and the Moreland City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land in which we work, the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to them and their culture, and to their Elders past, present and future.