To go forward softly and very gently
New Wayfinders (VIC)
Auslan interpreted artist talk Sat 30 May
What if our Government slowed down and contemplated the severity of its actions? New Wayfinders present an exhibition that investigates gentle resistance and slow governance with new artworks by Yasbelle Kerkow, Vicki Kinai, Florence Tupuola, and Peter Lemalu, all responding to the Samoan concept of Fai fai lemu (Go forward softly and very gently).
Honouring oratory forms of artistic practice, New Wayfinders draw attention to the quiet details we often miss, the softness between bold statements that support structures of knowledge and power. Take a deep breath and move gently. Through a different lens of time and productivity, this multidisciplinary project reminds us of the vital role of artists and orators in building knowledge. It reminds us that artists have great integrity and responsibility in the age of polarised politics. Reclaiming the past and inhabiting the present, To go forward softly and very gently creates a space to listen, meet, weave, and contemplate.
ORA l mate is a Next Wave X PACT co-commission and is supported by Darebin Arts Speakeasy. Originally developed through the High/Way234 program with support of PACT, PYT | Fairfield & Q Theatre Company (The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre)
Featuring Yasbelle Kerkow, Vicki Kinai, Florence Tupuola and Peter Lemalu .
New Wayfinders is first and foremost a community for solidarity between Pacific people looking to reclaim and explore their cultural identity through art based on the Kulin Nations (Melbourne). The group acts as a platform for Oceanic artists using creativity to reclaim identity, build community and agency in self-representation.