Where’s History At? Body, Place, Identity
Presented by Asia Society

Fri 26 Jan 18, 6.30pm–7.30pm

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Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
Ground Level

The NGV Triennial raises questions about the location of personal and collective histories and identities. This panel brings together historians, writers and artists to ask the question: where is history located these days? Is it in the body, in ‘blood memory’ and live performance? Is it stored in places, in cities, galleries and rivers, or objects such as ancestral archives and art? And how do the locations and expressions of history shape Indigenous, settler and migrant identities today?

This is an Auslan interpreted program.


Shinen Wong is a public health professional and adult education specialist. He is a co-founder and current executive committee member of the Asian Australian Democracy Caucus (AADC), a grassroots progressive organisation to support civic action among Asian Australians. Shinen’s scholarship focuses on relationships between political subjectivity/phenomenology, the body/embodiment (as process), performance and ritual, community development, and so-called ‘non-Western’ epistemologies and ontologies, particularly those traceable to Indian (Dharmic/Yogic) and Chinese (Dao/Taoist) civilisational antecedents.


Rani Pramesti is a proud Chinese-Javanese-Indonesian-Australian woman. Before jumping heart-first into the arts, Rani practiced as a social worker in homeless shelters and refugee support organisations in Sydney. Now, as a performance maker, an intercultural producer and an advocate for the arts, Rani revels in the interface between social justice and the arts. She builds bridges across cultures, generations and disciplines. As founder of Rani P Collaborations, Rani leads the creation of performances that inspire conversations, self-reflection and social change. Her most recent performance work, Sedih // Sunno, premiered at Next Wave Festival 2016 and Metro Arts to critical acclaim. Throughout 2013-2017, Rani dedicated her producing and advocacy practice to collaborating with culturally diverse young people in Melbourne’s West at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Maribyrnong City Council and Western Edge Youth Arts. Rani is currently developing several creative projects involving Indonesian-Australian collaborations.

Genevieve Grieves is a Worimi (NSW) woman and an award-winning artist, educator, curator and content creator committed to sharing Australian Indigenous histories and cultures.  Her recent projects include Barangaroo Ngangamay, a place-based app that shares and celebrates the cultures of Sydney Aboriginal women and the First Peoples exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.  She is a passionate supporter of community-engaged creative practice and teaches these methodologies to emerging arts and culture workers at the University of Melbourne where she is undertaking her PhD in art, colonial violence and memorialisation. She has also just entered a new role at Museums Victoria as Head, First Peoples Department.

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Supported by program patrons Maureen Wheeler AO and Tony Wheeler AO.