Ishmael Marika, Galka (still), 2014

Emerging Indigenous E-Media Mentorship Program

The Mildura Palimpsest Biennale Inland Residency Program expands in 2015 to include a new Emerging Indigenous E-Media Mentorship Program. Six emerging Indigenous e-media artists have been invited from four isolated community art centres in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, to respond in a very immediate way to the biennale opening weekend itself.

Mentors: Emile Zile (Aus/Latvia) & Daniel Crooks (Aus)

The Mildura Emerging Indigenous E-Media Mentorship Programme is aimed at supporting young and emerging Indigenous artists from isolated / inland communities who are working with digital media and interdisciplinary projects. The aim is to provide exciting opportunities for these artists to explore the potential of digital media to articulate the significance of contemporary Indigenous art practice, aimed at shifting intercultural ground and understandings of the vitality of such practice.

Artists include: Ishmael Marika (Yolgnu), Nancy Daylight (Gija), Desma Juli (Gija), Daryl Pappin (Mutthi Mutthi), Vincent Namatjira (Aranda/Pitjantjatjara), Eric Kumanara Barney (Yankunytjatjara/Pitjantjatjara), Rony Guterres (East Timor), and Joseph Nyabenda (Burundi).

An expansion of the core Mildura Palimpsest Biennale Inland Residency Program, this project is specifically aimed at creating opportunities for emerging artists from remote communities across Australia to work in collaboration with local Paakantji, Mutthi Mutthi, Nygiampaa and Latji Latji peoples and with visiting mentors / senior artists-in-residence at Mungo and in Mildura.

The project will be a first time implementation in Australia of the unique One Minutes Jnr. Foundation workshop model that was launched in 2002 with the support of UNICEF to provide emerging artists worldwide an accessible format to engage with new media art making. Mentor, Emile Zile has worked with The One Minutes Jnr. Foundation with emerging artists in Amsterdam, Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam and Laos and brings this project to Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10. Daniel Crooks is one of Australia’s leading e-media artists and will mentor the group with Emile during the biennale itself, aiming to generate an exciting new immediacy of engagement with a major biennale itself, by emerging artists.