Image courtesy Léuli Eshraghi

Image courtesy Léuli Eshraghi

THE COMMUTE

September 22 - december 22, 2018

Artists: Chantal Fraser (Samoa), Carol McGregor (Wadawurrung, Scottish), Lisa Hilli (Gunantuna), Hannah Brontë (Yaegl), Cease Wyss (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō, Irish, Métis, Hawai‘i, Swiss), Allan Haeweng (Drehu), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv, Klahoose), Natalie M Ball (Modoc, Klamath), and Ahilapalapa Rands (Kanaka Maoli, iTaukei Viti, Pākehā)

The Commute is a collaborative project led by Indigenous curators Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Lunaʻi Eshraghi (Sāmoa), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian), and Lana Lopesi (Samoa). The collective has been invited to develop this project as Visiting Curators at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Meanjin Brisbane.

As a complex whole, The Commute encompasses a series of artist projects that speak to complex and abundant Indigeneity across the Pacific. Deep histories of travel, migration and exchange as well as of displacement and diaspora insist on both the specificity and expansive connections between our territories. Rather than a thematic approach, the curatorial methodology is one of artist-centered care, investing in artists beyond the exhibition outcome. The commissioned projects arise from both emergent and well established trans-Pacific networks, familial lineages and community histories, ancestral knowledges including language, customary forms and materialities, and experiences of gender and sexuality.