Ideas Platform

Blak-Queer Futurism

14 Mar – 8 Apr 2018

Above: Bhenji Ra, 'anito I all idols', collaboration with Tristan Jalleh, 2017, courtesy the artist
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia
Wednesday 14 March, 6–8pm

We live in a world that is highly influenced by bla(c)k and queer cultures. Although this prevails, futurism in popular media fails to reflect a near future where bla(c)k and/or queer people are main protagonists or central to the progression of humanity and the protection of our environment.

Blak-Queer Futurism reestablishes Queer Indigenous speculative futures from here and abroad, drawing upon resilience, knowledge and spirituality. Through multi-disciplinary works, the artists involved relay narratives attained through story, family, experience, country, and dreaming, to actualise the future today, subverting the imperativity of popular futurist speculation.

The exhibition delves into the collective knowledge of each of the artists and their respective origins as a means of self-determination and representation, creatively examining the ways in which Queer Indigenous people will influence generations to come.