Meet the Producers-in-Residence

Next Wave are thrilled to announce the 2019 Producers-in-Residence Moorina Bonini, Onyx Carmine and Kalyani Mumtaz.

Next Wave Producers-in-Residence is a platform for three First Nations creatives with a focus on producing, programming or curating in the arts and creative industries. The program gives professional skills and experience in putting on events and projects. Working in both the offices of Next Wave and the Brunswick Mechanics Institute (a performing arts venue managed by Next Wave), the Producers-in-Residence join the team as part-time staff members.

Moorina Bonini

Moorina Bonini is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and member of the Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna and member of the Briggs family. Moorina is a practicing artist whose works are inspired by her own experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman and within her practice creates artwork that examines contemporary Indigenous histories through the use of installation and video.

Moorina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University and is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)(Honours) at VCA. Her work has been exhibited within group shows and at various galleries such as Ballarat International Poto Biennale, Sydney Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, SEVENTH Gallery and Brunswick Street Gallery. Moorina has produced and co-curated art and cultural programs across RMIT University and The University of Melbourne. She is also a board member for SEVENTH Gallery and is currently the First Nations Programming Coordinator.

Onyx Carmine

Working under their birth-name of SJ (Sarah-Jane) Norman, Onyx B. Carmine’s career as an inter-disciplinary artist and writer has spanned 13 years. Working with long duration, process-based, and endurance practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, they have sought through much of their work to implicate the body of the audience and the body of the performer as co-agents in magickal acts, in order to explore hybrid languages of ritual and queer, de-colonial knowledge-making.

Their work has been presented at Venice International Performance Week (IT), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Performance Space, Sydney (AU, Next Wave (AU), the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU), Edinburgh Festival (UK), Melbourne Festival (AU), Dancehouse (AU), Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU), Artshouse (AU), Die Fabrikanten (AS), The Science Gallery London (UK), and Tate Modern (UK), to name a few. They have also widely published their prose fiction, non-fiction and poetry and won numerous accolades for their writing, most recently the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. They are a 2018 Sydney Myer Creative Fellow.

A diasporic Koori with ancestral and familial ties to Wiradjuri, Wonnaruah, Ngiyampaa lands, as well as to England and Scotland, Onyx was born on Gadigal country. They have lived many places, most recently Berlin, were they were based for 9 years, before relocating to Narrm in 2017.

Kalyani Mumtaz

Kalyani Mumtaz is a proud Pyemairrenner woman, emerging curator, artist, and community arts worker, living in Narrm/Melbourne. Mumtaz has worked as a musician in experimental pop duo Willow Beats for seven years producing three EPs and an album, a record deal with Warner Music, and tours with major festivals such as Clockenflap (Hongkong) and Falls Music and Arts Festival(Australia).

Mumtaz has worked across a spectrum of Indigenous education settings, including cultural consultancy, workshop creation/delivery, and decolonising access methods in the arts. She was co-curator of Blak Queer Futurism at Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and Artspace (Sydney), and co-curated Because of Her We Can Heal at Long Division Gallery (Melbourne). Mumtaz is a core member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts collective, this mob.