When:Opening 2pm Saturday 8 February until 14 March 2020
Hannah Brontë’s recent video work Umma’s Tongue¬¬–Molten at 6000° pairs the female black body with panoramic images of mining and natural destruction.
Born 1991, Brisbane. Lives and works Brisbane. Wakka Wakka, North-East region, Yaegel, South-East region.
Hannah Brontë’s practice draws on women’s empowerment, hip-hop and protest, and spans photography, textiles and video. She has participated in exhibitions both locallyand internationally, including Next Matriarch (2017), ACE Open, Adelaide; Still, like air, I’ll rise(2017), The Physics Room, Christchurch; Red Green Blue: A History of Australian Video Art (2017), Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane; First Thursdays (2017), Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Next Wave (2016), Melbourne.
As the artist describes it: “If mother earth were a rapper then this is her new music video”.
The word umma, or mother, repeated by a cast of Indigenous, African and Pasifika female rappers calls up the matriarchal figure of nature in resistance to a dystopian landscape of human industry.
Brontë draws parallels between the treatment of Indigenous women’s bodies to the way the earth is mined, fracked and desecrated. Entwining the women’s words with Mother Nature’s tongue, Brontë voices her warning— ‘don’t make umma have to clap back’.