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Artists’ Syllabus: Jenna Lee

Melbourne Art Library

24 Feb 20242:00pmFreeMelbourne Art Library

Melbourne Art Library is delighted to welcome Jenna Lee to lead our next Artists’ Syllabus.

Artists’ Syllabus invites local artists and designers to select and share a text that has been influential to their practice. By sharing selected passages, the artist will give unique insight into the significance of the text from their perspective. Through this exploration we will seek to discover the direct, tangential or unexpected ways the text has had an impact on the artists’ chosen discipline/s, creative process, and approach to presenting completed works. In group discussion, we will untangle the themes explored in the text and bring attention to those formative passages which sparked an ‘ah-ha moment’ or cemented in the mind. More broadly, we will get together to exchange our ideas (and our reading lists).

We will be discussing two essays from Becoming Our Future – Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice (Art Gallery of South Australia, 2020): ‘Around and Within’ by Freja Carmichael and ‘Mother Tounge, Gertrude Contemporary’ by Kimberley Moulton.

We’ll be meeting at the Melbourne Art Library at the Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St, Melbourne from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on Saturday, 24 February.

RSVP to be sent an extract of the text.

Supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants and Michael Robertson.

Image credit: Gianna Rizzo.

Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Using art to explore and celebrate her many overlapping identities, Lee works across sculpture, installation, body adornment, moving images, photography and projection.

With a practice focused on materiality and ancestral material culture, Lee works with notions of the archive, histories of colonial collecting, and settler-colonial books and texts. Lee ritualistically analyses, deconstructs, and reconstructs source material, language and books, transforming them into new forms of cultural beauty and pride, and presenting a tangibly translated book.

Driven to create work in which she, her family, and the broader mixed First Nations community see themselves represented, Lee builds on a foundation of her father’s teachings of culture and her mother’s teachings of papercraft.

Represented by MARS Gallery in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia).

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