LEVEL 3, GALLERY 27
AUSTRALIA, BORN 1991
LIVES AND WORKS IN BRISBANE
Hannah Brontë’s immersive video installation EYE HEAR U MAGIK 2020 explores how ancestral intuition has been passed down through Aboriginal people in the wake of colonisation. She uses music and film to unblock intuitive beliefs and tune into a deep sense of knowing, which she refers to by many names including ‘the knowing’, ‘the cunning’ and ‘illpunja’. Offering a foreboding sense of the future, the work explores the ways in which Brontë’s culture and spirituality have been and continue to be appropriated. It is Brontë’s most ambitious video to date and her first commission by the NGV.
Hannah Brontë is a practising visual artist whose music videos, banners and large-scale installations explore the role of Indigenous/Blak women through recurring themes of resilience, matriarchy, and power. Influenced by her work as a DJ and her fascination with the spoken word, she is conscious of intertwining the knowledge of all her ancestors in each work she creates. Brontë has recently drawn on holistic, spiritual and physical healers as consultants for her work, which led her to becoming a doula. She has also been unpacking intergenerational spiritual knowledge, which she feels is the beginning of a new direction within her practice. Two of her works are held in the NGV collection: Umma’s Tongue–molten at 6000° 2017 and Heala 2018.
The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Major Supporters Vicki Vidor OAM & Peter Avery for their support.