Melbourne-based artist Clinton Naina (Meriam Mir) wins the $10,000 Koorie Art Show 2020, a Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media, for his work LANDFILL (2020).
In his artist statement, Naina says, ‘Remnants and evidence from the used only once popular commercial culture and disregarded throw away world. Bits and pieces of capitalism, imperialism and colonialism, all gathered together creating a consumer’s burial site, hidden deeply into our sacred Earth. Colourful shiny synthetic plastic domestic objects, manufactured from toxic, poisonous chemicals and gases forever there bleaching, polluting and looting our natural ecosystems. For the sake of the first world economy, and someone’s, so-called wealth and greed. Safe, light blue surgical masks, worn to prevent the spread of airborne illness, death and disease. A white plastic shopping bag lays empty, full of nothingness, at a price that no one really can afford. Used only once more, that’s all. As Landfill.’
The judging panel – Uncle Larry Walsh (Taungurung), Elder and renowned storyteller who has worked directly in cultural heritage and was vital to the progress of the Woor-Dungin’s Criminal Record Discrimination Project; Maxine Briggs (Taungwurrung and Yorta Yorta), Indigenous Research Centre, State Library of Victoria; and Stacie Piper (Wurundjeri, Djadjawurrung and Ngurai Illum-Wurrung), Victorian NAIDOC committee chairperson, First National Curator at TarraWarra Museum of Art and Djirri Djirri dancer – said: ‘It has been a privilege to be part of the judging process while also being a huge challenge to determine the winners, given the high standard of works entered. Powerful voices are emerging, and the KAS has allowed us to discover artists, their stories and their concerns for community, cultural and the environment.’
With a total prize pool of $32,000, the largest of its kind in Victoria, the Award Judges are also delighted to announce the additional Award recipients:
Viva Energy Australia 3D Award – $5,000
Lorraine Brigdale (Yorta Yorta Nations), Yenbena Munalibik, raffia coil weave, handmade ochre paint, handmade botanic ink and river stone
Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award – $5,000
Alan Stewart (Taungurung), Remembrance, photographic print
City of Melbourne Aboriginal Melbourne Award – $5,000
Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Post Pandemic, After the Gaze, the King Parrots Bring Hope, white ancestral ochre, acrylic, wattle tree sap, fabric, elastic, wood on stretched linen
KHT Emerging Artist Award – $5,000
Sean Miller (Kamilaroi), Twilight Flight, print on aluminium
KHT Encouragement Awards – $500 each
Patricia Pittman (Yuin Nation – Bega NSW), River Dreaming, acrylic and ink on paper, and Iluka Sax-Williams (Taungurung, Tibrean), Untitled work, pokerwork on kangaroo skin
The Koorie Heritage Trust People’s Choice Award $1,000 will be announced at the close of the exhibition.
‘The 8th Koorie Art Show’ opens to the public on Monday 7 December 2020 and runs until 21 February 2021 at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne. All works are available for sale to the public.