In M/other Land, multi-disciplinary artist Roberta Rich inserts, engages and navigates her diaspora African identity within her ‘mother land’ context of Southern Africa. Traversing sites of memory, history and empowerment, Rich momentarily ruptures the colonial structure in the place where Arts House lies.
Screens show the artist oscillating between sites of historical significance, memory, residence, empowerment and struggle, relating to her South African family’s ‘Coloured’ experiences and what this construction of ‘Coloured’ was/is prior to, during and after the Apartheid regime. Constructing legacies from memory and histories, this process of re/ connection and self-determination tellingly highlights the nuances and complexities of contemporary African diaspora identity.
M/other Land is supported by NAVA, the Freedman Foundation, TwilSharp Studios and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.