Hannah Brontë’s music videos, banners and large-scale installations explore the role of Indigenous, Blak and First Nations women through recurring themes of resilience, matriarchy, and power.
On the closing weekend of NGV Triennial 2020, Brontë speaks with NGV Curator Myles Russell-Cook about her video installation EYE HEAR U MAGIK, currently on display in NGV Triennial, which explores how ancestral intuition has been passed down in the wake of colonisation.
Hannah Brontë is a practising visual artist based in Brisbane whose work includes music videos, banners and large-scale installations. 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. In addition to her work in the NGV Triennial, two of her works are held in the NGV Collection: Umma’s Tongue–molten at 6000°, 2017 and Heala, 2018.
Myles Russell-Cook is Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Myles’s passion is for First Nations contemporary art. He has published extensively on art, design and fashion, and curated a number of exhibitions at the NGV. Myles derives much personal and professional influence and inspiration from his maternal Aboriginal heritage in Western Victoria with connections into Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands.