“I think that monuments will always be re-contextualised by the public space that they’re in,” says artist, dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi, discussing the memorialising and colonial narratives addressed in her recent exhibition Monumental. Talking with associate editor Jared Davis on notions of place, personal histories and internet mediation for AQNB’s bi-monthly Artist Statement podcast, this latest episode with Hepi is available exclusively to subscribers of our Patreon.
Born in Townsville, Australia of Bundjulung and Ngāpuhi heritage, Amrita has presented work for the likes of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as Serpentine Galleries and Kaldor Public Art Projects’ do it programme. Calling from her home in Melbourne, Hepi discussed topics including self-surveillance, embodiment and the indigenous dance practices she has drawn inspiration from.
Historical Bodies is the latest in our Artist Statement podcast series, with past episodes featuring Jonnine Standish, Huw Lemmey, Akinola Davies Jr, Legacy Russell and more. The full episode is accessible to our subscribers right now on Patreon. Sign up now: www.patreon.com/aqnb.**