The Future is Here is the result of a collaboration between artist Dennis Golding and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Alexandria Park Community School. The superhero capes were created during a workshop in 2020, led by Golding who is an artist in residence at the school through Solid Ground. Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 designed their capes with iconography informed by their lived experiences and cultural identity.
As superheroes, Golding and his young collaborators are empowered and reminded of the strength of their culture in forming their identity and connection to Country. Individually and together, the capes critique social, political and cultural representations of contemporary First Nations experience. This series of capes were first presented earlier this year in the exhibition POWER at Blacktown Arts.
Curated by Kyra Kum-Sing
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Image: Artist Dennis Golding, 2021, Carriageworks. Photograph Zan Wimberley
This is a free exhibition.
As a major initiative of Carriageworks and Blacktown Arts Centre, Solid Ground provides education, training and employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. The initiative is supported The Australian Government, The Crown Resorts Foundation, The Packer Family Foundation and the Tony Foundation. In 2021, Golding continues his work with Solid Ground as an artist in residence at Alexandria Park Community School. Click here for more information.
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Presented by Carriageworks, supported by Create NSW and Australia Council for the Arts.