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Dominique Chen & Caitlin Franzmann

Yaama-nda dhamarr winangaylanha? / Do you understand pigeon? | 2024

Caitlin Franzmann 2022, ward. Still from three channel video and 4.1 channel sound installation created in collaboration with Jeremy Virag (camera operation) and Nick Huggins (sound design)
Caitlin Franzmann 2022, ward. Still from three channel video and 4.1 channel sound installation created in collaboration with Jeremy Virag (camera operation) and Nick Huggins (sound design)
Yaama-nda dhamarr winangaylanha? / Do you understand pigeon?. @
A series of interactive sites/performances facilitated by two lost homing pigeons (AKA homies)—one native to the broader region, and one introduced. Throughout the C24 festival weekend, the pigeons will appear with their orienteering and wayfinding tools to engage audiences in activities that provoke reflection on what it means to be oriented, to give and receive messages, and to find a way home’.

bio:

Caitlin Franzmann has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, New Museum in New York, and Kyoto Art Centre. She was a member of the feminist art collective LEVEL from 2013-2017, co-curating exhibitions and forums with a focus on generating dialogue around gender, feminism and contemporary art. She is currently a member of Ensayos, an international collective research practice centered on extinction, human geography, and coastal health. Dominique Chen lectures in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Griffith University, and is undertaking PhD research at the University of Technology Sydney in relational creative practice and urban Aboriginal food growing. She has exhibited works nationally, including the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Museum of Brisbane, and The Unconformity Festival, and has recently toured the The Blak Laundry to the Woodford Folk Festival and Richard Bell’s Embassy at The Sunshine Coast University Art Gallery.

statement:

Caitlin Franzmann is an Magandjin/Brisbane based artist who creates installations, participatory works and performances that explore ethics of learning with, and caring for, the environment. I’m interested in understanding how histories and the influencing forces of power and care, shape places, cultures, and ecosystems. Since 2018 I’ve has worked with Ensayos, a collective research practice working on issues of political ecology in Tierra del Fuego and other archipelagos. Dominique Chen is a Gamilaroi woman, artist and researcher, living on Jinibara Country in Southeast Queensland. Working primarily within socially engaged, relational, performative and installation practice, I’m passionate about the role of creative practice in understanding and fostering relationships between people and Country. I’m co-founder, along with Quandamooka artist Libby Harward, of The Blak Laundry, a First Nations run laundromat, living artwork and relational enterprise.

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Dominique Chen, Caitlin Franzmann and Libby Harward, The stories we water (2023), participatory event at Metro Arts. Image credit: Masimba Sasa

This project is supported by the Carstairs Prize, funded by a private donor and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).