A multidisciplinary exhibition of queer First Nations artists’ work, along with multiple activating events, A Rainbow of Tomorrows is a guest-curated project led by Stone Motherless Cold currently on display at the Koorie Heritage Trust.
A Blak queer futurist art exhibition, A Rainbow of Tomorrows invites queer creative mob to carve out a space for respite from the heteropatriarchal settler-colony and explore individual and collective visions of utopia.
The exhibition will feature film, sculpture, digital painting, drawings, textiles and photography, each in conversation with one another and with performance that will unfold in the space throughout the show’s duration.
This includes opening and closing night events showcasing drag and cabaret performances, the Hazy Lounge sharing spoken word and musical acts, a life-drawing session with models from the Motherless Haus and a panel discussion exploring Blak queer futurist perspectives.
Each multidisciplinary in their practice, featured artists include: Rémy Cohen, Yorta Yorta, Boon Wurrung; Stone Motherless Cold, Eastern Arrernte; Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigo; Kira Djnalie, Yorta Yorta, Wergaia; Bromley Isombard, Kauragreg; Corin Corcoran, Weilwan; Darcy McConnel, Dja Dja, Wurrung, Yorta Yorta; Elijah Money, Wiradjuri; Pierra Van Sparkes, Pibbulman Noongar; Arika Waulu, Gunnai, Gunditjmara, Djapwurrung; and Aunty Annette Xiberras, Wurundjeri.
“The apocalypse has come, already living in a dystopian world, you are invited into A Rainbow of Tomorrows, to gather and celebrate in sanctum,” said Stone. “Though, what does a Blak queer utopia look like right now? Tomorrow? Or many yesterday’s ago? As our apocalypse was the beginning of a colonial utopia.”
“First Nations peoples have been busy and are tired of resisting and surviving against a colonial dream, one that makes no space for queer Blak folks. A Rainbow of Tomorrows envisages a Blak queer utopia, one that keeps building the blocks of the Blak queer renaissance, reclaiming and decolonising utopian and dystopian fantasies.”
Stone Motherless Cold is an Arrernte drag gem, currently based in Naarm. Smooth and sensual, bold and graphic, this crystalline trophy posing as humanoid. She is a drag artist, producer, writer and visual artist, celebrating spaces of Blak queer futurism.
Ms Cold is head of the Motherless Collective. 1st Runner Miss First Nations 2021 (Queens – The Ultimate Drag Crown) and title winner of the Victorian NAIDOC LGBTQIA+ 2019 event.
A Rainbow of Tomorrows
Koorie Heritage Trust – Yarra Building, Fed Square, Naarm (Melbourne)
Exhibition continues to 20 November 2022
For more information, visit: www.koorieheritagetrust.com.au for details.
Image: A Rainbow of Tomorrows (supplied)