We're so pleased to announce Jenna Rain Warwick as the 2020 un Writer in Residence. Across the course of the year, Jenna will publish a series of reviews and interviews on un Extended. She will be mentored by Trawlwoolway writer and editor Neika Lehman, and will work closely with the rest of the un team. Make sure you sign up to our e-newsletter so you don't miss a beat!
Jenna Rain Warwick is an emerging artist and published writer living and working on the unceded Kulin lands of Birraranga/Naarm. Born in Mossman, Queensland, it was the Kuku Yalanji (Daintree rainforest) Country’s unique tropical isolation that marked and shaped her, despite relocating to the Sunshine Coast at seven years old. She is tied and pays homage to this connection as a spiritual need to express her identity.
A proud Luritja woman who writes with a focus on blak futurism, film theory and video work, Jenna’s published work speaks to her desire to champion the creative imagination of First Nations peoples. She is adamant that critical engagement with First Nation’s work should come from First Nations voices' first and foremost. Jenna’s work seeks to challenge the notion of objectivity, believing that it is not an absolute state and may only somewhat occur when the authors’ relativity to subject is actualised; to be objective to the world is an inaccessible colonial desire, impossible and somewhat shortsighted.
Recently, Jenna's writing has dealt with the transactional relationship of power and the multiple threads that exist outside of formed definition and English language, utilising her art practice as a method of engaging with her culture and community. Graduating with a Bachelor of Art History and Curating from Monash University this year, She was featured in last year’s Yirramboi First Nations Art Festival as part of Dis Rupt, a youth driven engagement responding to the Birrarung (Yarra river), and her writings have been published by Art + Australia online as well as included in last years Dead End Film Festival’s catalogue.
Photo: Hayley Millar Baker