Birrpai at Yirramboi 2021

A huge congratulations to Next Wave Festival 2020 artist Ngioka Bunda-Heath on the launch of 𝘉𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘱𝘢𝘪 overnight, presented as part of YIRRAMBOI Festival at Blakdot Gallery this May.

𝘉𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘱𝘢𝘪 is Ngioka Bunda-Heath’s new dance piece and photographic exhibition that explores the idea of shifting the gaze and refocusing the colonial lens that has publicly framed her ancestors.

Extending on her 2019 YIRRAMBOI Festival work, Blood Quantum, about her mother’s story, Birrpai turns to Ngioka’s father’s heritage; to her great-grandmother captured by the camera of a ‘culturalist’.

She puts a First Nations perspective on colonial photography alongside contemporary dance that has taken her to stages around the world.

More info + tickets →


This work is co-comissioned by CHUNKY MOVE and Next Wave.


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