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Image: Pierra Van Sparkes. Blak Venus 1. Courtesy the artist.

Midsumma Winter Nights: Because of Her We Will

Presented by Midsumma Festival and Counihan Gallery In Brunswick

Digital media exhibition by Pierra Van Sparkes

An ode to the matriarchs in our lives. Those who came before, and those still to come. The knowers, the fighters, the nurturers, the righters. Thanks to her, we can. Thanking her, we will.

Coinciding with NAIDOC Week (8-15 July, 2018) and developed in response to this year’s theme, Because of Her We Can, Van Sparkes’ work features as part of Counihan Gallery’s annual screening event, The Winter Night Screen Project. Each year compelling video works are taken out of the gallery and are viewable to all passers-by on Sydney Road.

About the Artist

Pierra Van Sparkes is a Kulin country based queer Pibbulman artist. Her work is inspired by the shared history, feelings and encounters that shape lived experiences of Aboriginality amidst a diverse range of Indigenous identities. Working with photography and digital media, she aims to interrogate mythscapes that inform notions of Indigenous authenticity and the modes in which these notions manifest. Her work has featured in Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Blak to the Future, (In)Visible’s BBQ: Blak, Beautiful and Queer, Manningham Art Gallery’s Badjur - Bagarook - Yorga - Woman, and at the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Koorie Art Show, taking home the 2016 RMIT University award and the 2017 Moogji Club People's Choice award.

Midsumma Festival is supporting this exhibition as part of our year-round engagement with our LGBTQIA+ Indigenous cultures.


6pm – 8pm Wed 4 July 2018

Counihan Gallery In Brunswick Town Hall Foyer, 233 Sydney Rd Brunswick

Featuring further photographic work from the artist, plus a performance by Baad & Yawuru singer songwriter Dani Sib.

Night Screen Installation

5pm – midnight, Wed 4 July – 15 July 2018

Night screen facing Sydney Rd from the gallery, Brunswick Civic Centre


Midsumma Festival, Counihan Gallery In Brunswick and Moreland City Council acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land in which we work, the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to them and their culture, and to their Elders past, present and future.

The gallery is accessible by wheelchair and has accessible bathrooms.


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