Zane Saunders

    12 March 2020

    Zane Saunders is from the Aboriginal of Butchulla, Kunggari and Yiman people of Southern Queensland (QLD), and currently lives in Kuranda North QLD. Cross media artist Zane drives a very singular performance and installation agenda. His work is influenced from cultural references, using sound, media and contemporary concepts. Zane crafts one-off performances embedded in story and location.

    Zane describes his performances or dance style as 'Artistic Movement' a deep theatrical play in particular space and time. Zane performs a ritualistically incorporeal language, drawing on his esoteric cultural roots, entwined in religious and world influences. Zane’s motivation is to reconnect with his ancestral spirituality. Prompting himself and asking audiences to engage, reimagine and utilise their cultural origins, to find solidarity within and solace of mind and heart.

    Importantly, this work is placed in many diverse settings and contexts, transforming formal spaces into invigorating spaces, employing all manner of mediums and media in realising visually stunning and critically challenging work. Zane’s visual art is in many collections, including the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). In 2011 Zane participated in the Australia Council for the Arts artist in residence program at Location One in New York City (NYC). Performed at the first Indigenous Triennial 2010 (National Gallery Australia). Currently, he continues creative development for new conceptual work from project Spirit, The Australia Council for the Art’s Signature Works Innovation initiative.


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    Sinsa Mansell

    Sinsa is a proud Trawoolaway women from larapuna the Northern region of lutruwita Tasmania. She is a program producer and project officer, as well a co-founder, performer and choreographer with the successful pakana kanaplila a traditional/ contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal dance troupe.

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    Jo-Anne Driessens

    Jo-Anne was adopted in 1970 and raised in the Western suburbs of Brisbane, her discovery of her Aboriginal family members was led by an interest in photography beginning at the Queensland Museum, Anthropology Lab (now Cultures and History) in the early 90’s followed by the completion of a four year photographic cadetship at the State Library of Queensland in 1999. 

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