Banksia: Jazz Money talks about Agency x Composite program First Nations Screening Program v.1
Wiradjuri poet and artist Jazz Money joins Banksia to yarn about the new Agency X Composite annual program of moving image works, which showcases the breadth and diversity of practice of contemporary First Nations visual artists.
In discussing their film We have stories for all the dark spaces inbetween which is part of the program, Jazz explains:
“The film is really kind of pondering on modes of data management, and the ways we kind of, as First Nations people, how we understand data and story”
“This line that I’ve heard Elders say in the past, which is when you look up at the night sky, we don’t just have stories for the stars, we have stories for all of the dark spaces in between - and I thought that was such a neat way of capturing how complex our knowledges are.”
Jazz also talks about using Wiradjuri language in their work, “Wiradjuri language is very strong and healthy"
“It is also something that is a part of my life, I didn’t grow up speaking Wiradjuri, but I am learning now, and so just to have it embedded in my life is really important to me”
“If I am writing something, I want to use the real words, and the real words for me are Wiradjuri - English is so often this imposition that has been placed on very beautiful, on very sacred, on very complex things.”
Agency x Composite - First Nations Screening Program v.1 features work from Amrita Hepi, Jazz Money, The Mulka Project and is on display at the Collingwood Yards until 25 June 2022.