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Reconnecting to Culture at RE//PERTH


During the RE//PERTH festival we are proud to present events which keep us connected to indigenous culture and sacred lands.

Reclaim the Void is a visionary project which sees participants collaborate to create huge ‘dot’ artwork which will lay on sacred lands which have been affected by mining. These are hand-woven rugs made from reworked fabric by Australians near and far.

In the words of Ngalia cultural leader Kado Muir, “We’re working at a cultural and sacred level, creating a community of people each weaving their stories, contributing to an artwork that makes a statement about reclaiming the spirit of earth.

In a unique opportunity to take part in this monumental project RE//PERTH with be hosting weaving sessions with the Reclaim the Void team, to produce rugs to add to the artwork. This will later be assembled at the WA Museum Boola Bardip from Thursday 4 July – Monday 8 July.

In the latter half of the winter festival, RE//PERTH goers can experience more of the evocative Nyoongar culture at Boorongur (Totem) with Sharyn Egan.

Attendees are encouraged to settle in and stay a while as they learn techniques for weaving their own totem from meadow hay and wool. During this connective crafting, Sharyn Egan will be engaging in some insightful conversations around the Nyoongar experience.

Sharyn is an acclaimed painter, weaver and sculptor, whose work makes meaningful commentary on the lived experiences of the Stolen Generation.

Both Reclaim the Void and Boorongur (Totem) encourage participants to come and go at any point during the duration of the event.

At RE//PERTH, we feel it is extremely important to represent Australian culture and history, as we look to help educate and continue a conversation of recognition and reconciliation.

RE//PERTH acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respect to the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, create and play.