wirnda mara ganjarnmanha (Ritual / Gift)
Make or Break
Make or Break devise and experiment with process-based projects that are co-authored with communities we are invited into. These have included creating experimental economies and temporary currencies; caring for civic spaces and the ‘non-human’; celebrating the labour of strangers; prototyping for future worlds; writing speculative fiction and facilitating conversations as collective research.
You can expect us to make...sprawling projects // open-ended conversation // cups of tea // slow decisions // impassioned critique // institutions uncomfortable // matching onesies // books // snacks // curiosity seem like a job.
Make or Break is Rebecca Gallo and Connie Anthes, who work and live on the stolen lands of the Gadigal, Bidjigal and Burramattagal people in Sydney, Australia. We acknowledge First Nations sovereignty and their continuing care for Country, Sky, and Water. We are committed to paying the rent as a form of reparations on all our Australian projects.
Nicole Monks is a multi-disciplinary creative of Yamaji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage living and working on Worimi and Awabakal Country (Newcastle). Monks’s practice is informed by her cross-cultural identity, using storytelling as a way to connect the past with the present and future. Her works take a conceptual approach that are embedded with narratives and aim to promote conversation and connection.
An award-winning designer and artist, Monks crosses disciplines to work with furniture and objects, textiles, video, installation and performance. Across these varied forms of contemporary art and design, her work reflects Aboriginal philosophies of sustainability, innovation and collaboration. Monks is well known for her success as a solo and collaborative artist and founder of design practice blackandwhite creative as well as public art company mili mili.
Monks currently sits on the UNSW Galleries Board, the Advisory Council for the UNSW School of Art, Design and Architecture, and the Design Advisory Panel for the Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Monks was the winner of UNSW Art & Design Indigenous Professional Development Award, ArtsNSW Aboriginal Design Grant, Vivid Design competition (furniture) and Sydney Design Award (Textile and Surface Design). Monks works are collected nationally including the Powerhouse, Museum of Applied Arts and Science (MAAS) and National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of WA, Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie.
Over a period of weeks, Nicole, Bec and Connie have been exchanging ideas cross-Country between Wajarri, Burramattagal and Gadigal lands on the West and East coasts of so-called Australia. In wirnda mara ganjarnmanha (Ritual / Gift), we offer a distillation of the thinking, touching, listening and looking that we did together. What made us feel slowed, connected and held by place. We offer you this experience, in close-captioned Wajarri or English, to try for yourself wherever you are. Give as much or as little time to this as you wish.
Acknowledgements: The Wajarri language version and captioning were developed in close collaboration between Kylie Simpson, a mother, nana and Wajarri speaker and teacher, and Nicole Monks. Kylie's generosity and voice are shared with you here. Sound editing: Josh Kirkman (Wajarri), Rebecca Gallo (English). Video editing and close captioning: Rebecca Gallo.
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