Talking Country in Mind - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Talking Country in Mind



For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the term ‘Country’ is used as an expression of the relationship between an individual and their ancestral lands and seas. As Country in Mind curator, Christopher Bassi explains 'Connection to Country is inherent: we are born to it, it is how we identify ourselves, it is our family, our laws, our inheritance, and our legacy'.

Moderated by Bassi, the panel will include Troy Casey from Blaklash Creative, and artists Elisa Jane Carmichael, Libby Harward and BJ Murphy.

The event will be followed by an artist talk and preview of a new moving image work projected onto the facade of USC Art Gallery by Lyndon Davis called Beeyali 2021.

Beeyali has been commissioned for New Light 2021, a showcase of experimental and diverse moving image works by contemporary First Nations artists presented by Illuminate Adelaide and ANAT.


Troy Casey is a proud Aboriginal man from Kamilaroi country north-west New South Wales. Troy has a Bachelor of Journalism from QUT. Troy has experience working for not-for-profits, government, tertiary education, private and corporate sectors. He has a keen interest in business and advocating for self-sustainability and economic development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.

Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael is a multidisciplinary artist who honours her salt-water heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, embracing traditional techniques, and expressing contemporary adaptations through painting, weaving, and textiles. She comes from a family of artists and curators, and works closely with her female kin to revive, nurture, and preserve cultural knowledge and practice.

Libby Harward is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay Area). Known for her early work as an urban graffiti artist under the pseudonym of ‘Mz Murricod’, and her performance-based community activism, Harward’s recent series, ALREADY OCCUPIED, engages a continual process of re-calling, re-hearing, re-mapping, re-contextualising, de-colonising and re-instating on Country that  which colonisation has denied Australia’s First Peoples.

BJ Murphy is a contemporary Aboriginal artist who takes inspiration from his Country in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. BJ is both a visual artist, curator and songman who is dedicated to the continuation of his Jinibara culture. Through his paintings, carvings, wood burnings, songs, and curatorial work he holds a deep responsibility to his culture and the representation of stories that have been passed down to him by his family. His unique style mixes both traditional and contemporary forms and concepts.

Lyndon Davis is an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artist, educator and cultural performer. Lyndon was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, and is a Traditional Custodian and representative of the Local Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi people. His work is held in national and international collections and has been commissioned by various high-profile organisations, museums and art collectors. His experimental art practise has been commissioned for festivals including Floating Land and Horizon Festival where he has developed immersive installations, interactive experiences and large-scale projection artworks featuring his Kabi Kabi designs.

This is a free event. Bookings essential.

Installation view of Country in Mind
USC Art Gallery, 7 May to 31 July 2021
Photo: Carl Warner


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