Amala Groom

Wednesday 31 May
1–2pm Black Theatre

New South Wales based conceptual artist Amala Groom presents a lecture on 'Appropriation as a weapon to dismantle the Colonial Project'. Groom will present an overview of her practice and process detailing how Aboriginal ontologies and methodologies both inform and drive the expression of her cultural sovereignty. Through the praxis of tactful subversion, citing her own work Groom will expand upon appropriation as a key instrument in decontextualising the subjugation of the philosophy and practice of colonialism.

Amala Groom is a Wiradjuri artist whose practice is informed by, and reflects, First Nations methodologies, epistemologies and ways of being. Her work, as a form of passionate activism, delivers insightful commentary on contemporary society, politics and race relations. Articulated across diverse media, Groom’s work seeks to subvert and unsettle Western mythology and iconography in order to enunciate Aboriginal stories, practices and histories. Current and upcoming group shows include Moving Histories Future Projections, a dLux Media Arts exhibition toured by Museum & Galleries of NSW, curated by Kelly Doley and Di Smith and System of Objects, National Art School (NAS) curated by Jaime Tsai & Mikaela Rodwell. Groom is a Director on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Board and a recipient of the City of Sydney Creative Live Work Spaces program.


Photo: Penelope Benton