KAGALALO at PNG Human Rights Film Festival

Kagalalo, 2019, 5.07 minutes.

Kagalalo, 2019, 5.07 minutes.

KAGALALO is showing as part of the United Nation's Human Rights Film Festival in Papua New Guinea in September and October 2019. It will be shown in Madang (Divine Word University), Lae (UNITECH), Goroka (UOG) and Port Moresby (POM Arts Theatre).

I was invited to make this film in alignment to Melanesian ways whereby husband, wife, family and community work together for a common purpose. The film was unscripted and the three questions were decided upon after some time in the community. In this approach, the film becomes a conduit for the local people to connect on their terms to a global audience.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In February 2019, The Kainake Project, a grassroots sustainable development organisation located in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, travelled to South Bougainville. They asked the community at Kagalalo Conservation Area three questions relating to their aspirations and struggles with their locally run conservation project. Kagalalo in the local Telei language translates to ‘you get up, you work, and you’ll get it.’

The film aims to provide a platform for local voices to be heard by the global community. It reveals the need for a Melanesian approach to conservation, whereby community development must be integrated to empower and provide wanted benefits to the local people. The Kagalalo conservation project was initiated with the financial support of the Australian Museum and the Segre Foundation. While these organisations funded the project, they relinquished any form of control and allowed the community to direct their conservation efforts in ways that addressed community needs. Therefore, Kagalalo is about the community’s human rights to have a voice on how they want to see conservation work in their community context. It also highlights the need for integrating development with community-driven natural resources management. The human-rights to have a voice and make sound environmental decisions are becoming increasingly critical given the impending Climate Change challenges which are already displacing populations in parts of Bougainville.

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Centre for Contemporary Photography Workshops

Delighted to be running two workshops at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia.

In the one-day workshop participants will engage with analogue and digital alternative photographic processes, combining Lumen printing and Scanography. You will be encouraged to embrace the experimental and unpredictable nature of these cameraless processes. Discover how errors can be transformed into new possibilities.

2019 dates:
Saturday 5 October
Saturday 23 November

For more information: https://ccp.org.au/education/workshops/on-experimental-cameraless-photography-with-kate-robertson

Solo Exhibition / Jarvis Dooney Galerie for the European Month of Photography

Honoured to be presenting the photographic series Recording the medicinal plants of Siwai, Bougainville and launching the accompanying book Kuna Siuwai Pokong at Jarvis Dooney Galerie for the European Month of Photography (EMOP).

26 September - 17 November 2018

Please join Chief Jeffrey Noro, Rura Clan, and I at the opening 6 - 8 pm Friday 28 September for the exhibition, book launch and talk.

In 2012, Chief Alex Dawia, Taa Lupumoiku Clan from the Siwai region of Bougainville invited Kate to chronicle medicinal plants in his region. His purpose was twofold; a positive recognition of Bougainville and preservation of cultural values, through exhibition and a book. In 2013, Dr Jeffrey Noro, founder and executive director of The Kainake Project (TKP), joined the medicinal plant project. The project has been guided by TKP, a grass roots organisation in Bougainville that focuses on the need for environmental conservation to be undertaken with community development for empowerment and sustainability.

The project acknowledges the communities’ desire for equilibrium between traditional and new knowledge systems, to allow both to thrive in an increasingly global society. The artwork considers new photographic modes for sensitively engaging with deep and living histories by aligning analogue and digital characteristics found within the image to knowledge and communication systems.

The exhibition for EMOP includes photographic prints, an embroidered fabric panel and the second book launch of Kuna Siuwai Pokong. The first book launch was held at Kainake Village (where the images were made) on 19 September. It coincided with the opening of a community resource centre and a week-long sports tournament.

The book is published by TKP with financial support from the UNDP through their UNDP-GEF Small Grants Program.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The City of Boroondara has also provided support through their Individual Achievement Grant.


Utopian Tongues / Seventh Gallery

30 August- 21 September, 2018
Opening Night: Wednesday August 29, 6-8pm

Alicia King, Ara Dolatian, Callan, Farnaz Dadfar, Kate Robertson, Jake Treacy, Manisha Anjali, Marko Radosavljevic, Siying Zhou, Talia Smith, Tané Andrews, Walter Bakowski and Yuria Okamura, curated by Jake Treacy.

Kate Robertson, Water work (interrupted matter), 2018 WEB.jpg

Utopian Tongues is a project that brings together an inclusive group of contemporary creatives through challenging and altruistic visions of tomorrow. Through practices of art, poetry, music, dance and architecture a set of utopian acts are performed within and beyond the gallery space.

Utopian Tongues transforms SEVENTH into a space for critical thinking and progressive discourse during the exhibition, questioning how we might ensure a better and more engaged future. Identity, culture, sexuality and spirituality inform these conversations of tomorrow through the agency of today, realising art as a conduit for potent change, transformation and healing. By amplifying and providing platform for these disparate yet powerful voices, the exhibition speaks of unity in diversity, interconnectivity and community; it invokes a space for reflection, yet also of action.

Jake Treacy is a curator, writer and poet whose practice employs esoteric acts through exhibition-making, performativity, and the spoken and written word. His recent thesis examines ways of constructing liminal experiences in order to incur healing, promoting inclusivity and community, and exercising the therapy of art.