This immersive exhibition is by young Northern Beaches based Aboriginal artist, Aleta Wassell whose original work presents a contemporary expression of dance, sound and art inspired by the natural landscape and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.
At the heart of the exhibition is a film that combines recorded tracks of the natural environment with traditional language and a range of melodic and percussive instruments. Visual footage that incorporates both traditional and contemporary aspects of ceremonies and dance is integral to this piece, bringing a deeper meaning to the work. The film is at the crossroads of traditional and contemporary artistic expression, using voice, rhythms, and synthetic sounds to accompany the visuals of the dancer.
Aleta Wassell first came to the attention of MAG&M curators when she sang Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-La (Let’s sing good dreaming) by Jacinta Tobin and Nardi Simpson at Northern Beaches Council’s Big Ideas Forum ‘Why Art Matters: How Creativity Makes a Difference’, in March 2020. Aleta was then invited to turn her various dance and performance pieces into an exhibition experience.
Aleta is a member of the Northern Beaches Council Youth Advisory Group which gives young people an opportunity to engage, contribute to and be heard in their local community by actively participating in decisions that affect them. She also enjoys volunteering for the Manly Warringah Pittwater Aboriginal Support Group for their meetings and events open to the wider community.