TALKBACK 30 min 2016
"Talkback 30 min 2016 " presents interviews which compare and contrast the United States of America and Australia, particularly through the eyes of African American and Aboriginal Australians. This thirty minute video has been edited with a selection of the 66 interviews from the full 82 minute version of "Talkback" ( see TALKBACK 2016 Pt 2 on Vimeo here ).
"Talkback" is a video collage project that aims to explore the intersections of race and identity. It features interviews with sixty-six Americans and Australians, including prominent artists, who discuss aspects of their histories and aspirations. The project seeks to encourage dialogue about belonging, blackness, whiteness and intergenerational continuity and change.
"Talkback" was initiated by artist, Tania Ferrier (AUS), through a three month residency in the USA sponsored by the Western Australian government through the Artsource “Go Anywhere” program. The American interviews Ferrier gathered for "Talkback" were conducted towards the end of President Obama’s first term in office; in these, aspiration emerged as a dominant theme. Participants in these interviews also contributed to the research and photography in the video collage.
In 2013, the Fremantle Art Centre (AUS ) sponsored a residency where Ferrier interviewed Australian participants who reveal a similar preoccupation with race and identity, but one that is shaped by our history of colonialism and the White Australia Policy.
In 2014 a collaborative exhibition installation was built around the video projection incorporating light box photography by Yulissa Morales (USA), Mirla Jackson ( USA ) and James Kerr (AUS) and text animation introduced to the video collage and in rope light sculptures by artist, Laura Mitchell (AUS / USA), all providing context for and elaboration on the questions and themes raised in "Talkback". Video technician, Alan Thompson, contributed additional sound to the collage along with numerous musicians including Abe Dunovits (AUS). (See credits). Most recently, artist and academic, Dr. Leslie Morgan joined the team and contributed large paper collages, incorporating gathered research and the catalogue essay for the exhibition which was held at Heathcote Museum and Gallery in Western Australia in August and September, 2014.
The Talkback artists share an interest in social justice and their critical approach is shaped by the discourses of race, class, gender and the ways in which palimpsests of the past and its residues remain. The project seeks to encourage a dialogue about belonging, blackness, whiteness and intergenerational continuity and change.
The Talkback project was originally funded by a grant from Artsource in Western Australia.
The Talkback exhibition opens next at A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, on August 4th, 2016.
and will be opened by Leslie King and Adrienne Wheeler.
If you are interested in showing the video collage and/or exhibition further information is available through the website talkbackproject.com or contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org