Meet: Jocelyn Tribe

Meet Kickstart artist: Jocelyn Tribe (NT) 💥

Jocelyn Tribe is an emerging artist who sees that culture and relationships are intrinsic to all that we do. She has been based in Gulumoerrgin (Darwin) since 2015. The decision to relocate from her hometown of Narrm (Melbourne) was about understanding herself in relation to the tropical weather, land, food and people that the North of Australia shares with Indonesia.

While ancestral relationships are embedded in her surroundings, she feels comfort as she discovers orienting her artistic narrative across the Arafura sea toward her Indonesian diaspora. Learning about the parts of her identity that were never directly integrated through family while growing up is her priority as she examines the somatic experience of this displacement. The expansion of her art, from works on paper toward sound and movement, holds the intention of taking up more space across disciplines.

With a BFA from @vca_mcm, Jocelyn adapts her ability to navigate governance systems that function in community development structures, while unlearning their imposed conditions. She is the Vice Chair of Tactile Arts and facilitates screen printing workshops with @charlesdarwinuniversity, as well as remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

An idea that excites her ↘︎
“All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.” ― Octavia E. Butler

For twenty years Kickstart has worked with early-career artists, inspiring them to create their most ambitious work to date, presented at Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. Alongside our plans for 2022 and beyond, we reconsider and reinvent what our legacy commissioning and artist development program could be.

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  1. Colour potrait of Jocelyn Tribe
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