Image: Jasmine Togo-Brisby. Image courtesy the artists, photographer Nadai Wilson

Image: Hayley Millar Baker. Image courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery

Journeys under a shared sky to the continent we now call Australia, revealing the terror of slavery, and early migration histories are offered alongside cinematic depictions of contemporary First Nations ritual, spirituality and power in Other Horizons.

Celebrating the works of First Nations women and women of colour, Other Horizons is comprised of three independent artist projects from Atong Atem, Hayley Millar Baker and Jasmine Togo-Brisby. It offers consideration and nuance to discussions around sovereignty, the colonial adventure, migration, national identity and belonging in contemporary Australia.

Join us on the opening weekend of Other Horizons for insightful conversations with exhibiting artists Hayley Millar Baker and Jasmine Togo-Brisby.

11:00 to 11.45
Jasmine Togo-Brisby in conversation with FAC Curator Glenn Iseger-Pilkington about her exhibition Abyss.

11.45 to 12.30
Hayley Millar Baker in conversation with FAC Curator Glenn Iseger-Pilkington about her work Nyctinasty.

About the artists

Hayley Millar Baker

Hayley Millar Baker is a First Nations (Gunditjmara/Djabwurrung) woman born in Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2010) and Master of Fine Arts (2017) at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Through examining the role our identities play in translating and conveying our experiences, Hayley works across photography, collage and film to interrogate and abstract autobiographical narratives and themes relating to her own identity. Her oblique storytelling methods and methodologies encourage us to embrace that the passage of identity, culture and memory are not linear nor fixed.

Hayley’s works are held in significant public institutional collections across Australia and she has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been a finalist in several prestigious national art prizes including the Ramsay Art Prize (2019 and 2021) and Bowness Photography Prize (2021), and international prizes including Hong Kong’s Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2021) and United Arab Emirates Vantage Point Sharjah 9 (2021.

She was selected as one of eight artists to exhibit in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera: Young Australian Artists (2018) and has been awarded several residencies. Hayley was a feature artist in PHOTO2021: International Festival of Photography (2021) and has exhibited in other art festivals including the International Ballarat Foto Biennale (2017) and Tarnanthi (2017). Hayley recently presented her first short film commissioned for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia (2022).

In 2021 Hayley presented her first early career-survey ‘There we were all in one place’ at UTS Gallery, curated by Stella McDonald. The exhibition brought together five pivotal bodies of work from Hayley’s early career for the first time and toured Australia in 2022.

Jasmine Togo-Brisby

Jasmine Togo-Brisby was born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales in 1982 and was raised in Townsville, Queensland from the age of eight. She studied at the Queensland College of Art, Australia and Massey University, New Zealand (BFA 2018, MFA 2022).

Jasmine has a research driven practice which examines the historical practice of ‘blackbirding’, the romanticised colloquialism for the Pacific slave trade. She delves into her own personal history and that of the Pacific slave trade, which saw her great-great-grandparents taken from Vanuatu and transported to Australia in 1899 under slave-labour policies employed by the Australian government.  As a fourth-generation Australian South Sea Islander her works address the complexities of contemporary South Sea Islander culture and identity. She investigates complicated relationships of power, cultural identity and political systems and continues to build upon her research and artworks employing, installation, painting, lens-based media and sculpture.

Jasmine sustains an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse where she is committed to including South Sea narratives and identity globally. She has presented at international conferences including; 2019 Fiji International conference on forced labour & migration; 2020 Princeton University: The Global Plantation Symposium; 2021 University of Oxford: Women, Memory & Transmission Postcolonial Perspectives from the Arts and Literature, amongst many others, and her works can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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