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Launching un Magazine 12.1

un Magazine 12.1: The Unbearable Hotness of Decolonisation

You're invited to the launch party of un Magazine 12.1: The Unbearable Hotness of Decolonisation. Co-edited by Maddee Clark & Neika Lehman with sub-editor Amala Groom, un Magazine 12.1 begins with the following question: has decolonisation in the art world simply become another thematic?

When: Thursday 10th May
Time: 6pm, sharp!
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray 3011

We've got an amazing evening lined up to welcome this very exciting edition of un Magazine into the world! Words from un Editorial Committee members Lisa Radford & Amelia Winata, co-editors Maddee Clark & Neika Lehman + performances from Léuli Eshragi & Kate ten Buuren + a special DJ set from Paul Gorrie!

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"Decolonise your knowledge, decolonise your desire, decolonise your body, decolonise your fashion, decolonise your spice rack, decolonise your gut, decolonise your reading list, decolonise your seating arrangement, decolonise your watch, decolonise your pedagogy, decolonise your arts practice, decolonise your IG account, decolonise your meme. It starts with colonised peoples talking about their empowerment and, necessarily, it’s a wide open road with Indigenous and non-Indigenous participation. But with these white artworld people in particular … I am wondering, is it decolonising or re-colonising? ..."
--- from Editorial, un Magazine 12.1

Featuring writing & art by: Rene Kulitja + Linda Rive with John Dallwitz + Susan Lowish, Kate Rendell, Tristen Harwood + Lauren Burrow, Genevieve Grieves, Suzanne Kite, Ainslee Meredith, Tawhanga Nopera, Ellen O'Brien, Rebecca McCauley, Natasha Matila-Smith, Kenzee Patterson, Susie Anderson, Julie Gough, Georgina Watson, Beth Sometimes + Lorrayne Gorey, Fran Edmonds + Lily Graham + Jessica Bennett, Dean Cross, Katie West, Megan Cope, Steven Rhall & Timmah Ball.

Cover image:
Julie Gough
The Lost World (part 2) (video still) 2013
HDMI video, H264, 16:9, 1:15:32 hr:min:sec, colour,
sound. Edited by Jemma Rea

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Support un Projects

For the first time since our establishment in 2004, un Projects is seeking your support to ensure the ongoing development of our organisation and the many artists + writers we work with. As mainstream Australian media offers less and less coverage of visual art – particularly the independent sector – the role of un Projects in fostering critical dialogue and encouraging excellence and innovation around contemporary visual arts, is increasingly important.

Your donation will enable us to continue to lead discourse, publish regular reviews + dispatches, foreground Indigenous voices, editors and art, and to foster the next generation of innovative, engaged and unafraid arts writers, practitioners and editors.

We are fortunate enough to be supported in this campaign by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1. Any money you donate they’ll match dollar for dollar up to $12,000 (and all donations over $2 are 100% tax deductible). An amazing opportunity!

Supporting us at all levels makes a difference. To give you an idea of the value of your donation:

$100+ unBelievable
Show us just how much you love un Projects!

$500+ unPrecedented
Supports the career development of an emerging arts writer, including professional mentoring and paid publication in un Magazine

$1,200+ unConditional
Allow us to commission three months worth of innovative, engaged and quality content for you - our reader and audience

$200+ unDisputed
Pay an arts writer to publish a review of an independent ARI or gallery on un Extended

$3,000+ unSurpassed
Sponsor a Writer in Residence to produce a major body of new work engaging critically and creatively with contemporary visual art

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If you are interested in making a significant donation or discussing your support, please contact Sarah Gory, un General Manager, on sarahgory@unprojects.org.au or on 0401 210 641

As usual, un Magazine and un Extended is free and accessible, but ALL contributors are paid. Your donation will be used to pay the artists, writers, editors, designers and mentors we work with. In particular, in 2018 donations will go towards supporting the careers and practice of Aboriginal editors, writers and artists. We believe that great critical discourse around Australian contemporary art needs to have Aboriginal practitioners at its centre.

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Daniel Browning, un Magazine 12.2 Sub-Editor

un Projects is pleased to welcome Daniel Browning to the team, as sub-editor for un Magazine 12.2, working alongside our Co-Editors Maddee Clark & Neika Lehman.

Daniel Browning is a highly respected journalist and radio broadcaster from the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland. A trained painter, he is a visual arts graduate of the Queensland University of Technology. From 2009 he was guest co-editor of Artlink Indigenous, a specialist issue of the Australian contemporary art journal. He is widely published as a freelance arts writer specialising in contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Since 2005 he has produced and presented Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC Radio National. He has produced sound artworks from three UNESCO World Heritage sites, exhibited during the 2015 Mildura Palimpsest Biennale and in extremis at Arts House, Melbourne in 2017. As a documentary maker he has received a bronze medal at the New York Festival for Cast Among Strangers, a study of the human zoo phenomenon. His documentary Fernando’s ghost about the Aboriginal rights activist Anthony Martin Fernando was highly commended in the John Newfong Media Prize in 2008 and received an honourable mention at imagineNATIVE, the international festival of Indigenous film and media arts in Canada. Currently, he produces Word Up, a podcast which shares Australia’s diverse Indigenous languages one word at a time. As curator of Urban Theatre Projects’ Blak Box, he is developing a program of storytelling, oral history and music which imagines the past, present and future of the Barangaroo precinct. Situated on the western foreshore of Sydney Harbour Blak Box will offer audiences a vantage point for a wider exploration of the First People’s relationship with their waters through sound.

un Magazine 12.2 will launch in November 2018. Sign up to our e-newsletter (top right-hand corner) to keep up-to-date with digital content, proposal call-outs and launch announcements.

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Introducing the STUDIO series

Helen Maudsley - STUDIO interview preview from un Projects on Vimeo.




un Projects is pleased to partner with Tamsen Hopkinson to present STUDIO, an artist video-interview series.

Speaking with artists about their process and practice, STUDIO aims to be reflective and responsive to current conversations within contemporary art and more broadly. With a focus on Australian artists STUDIO makes accessible conversations that happen in the studio; creating an archive that links generations, highlights crossovers and examines different disciplines.

For the first in the series, we speak to Helen Maudsley, a Melbourne painter who often refers to her paintings as visual essays. Maudsley’s personal visual language examines ideas of analogy, association and ambiguity, based on her reflections on the world around us. In this interview, Maudsley discusses colour and composition as well as her experience of making art and how she feels her practice has changed over time.

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STUDIO is created by Tamsen Hopkinson, a New Zealand artist based in Narrm, Melbourne, and published by un Projects as part of un Extended.

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