The Tennant Creek Brio

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Description The Tennant Creek Brio are currently exhibiting in Nirin 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Brio is an Italian word meaning courage, or liveliness of style or performance, which describes this collective. Drawing on multiple influences from various traditional and contemporary cultural forms they have created a significant social and cultural voice reflecting the challenges of life in a frontier town, marred by the ongoing impacts of colonization and continual struggle to maintain cultural identity. Some of the collective’s ‘found’ materials – such as disused metal, plan drawings from a nearby abandoned mine site, and disused poker machines – potently feed into the force of this commentary and outsider status.

The collective members are Fabian Brown, Jimmy Frank, Joseph Williams, Rupert Betheras, Marcus Camphoo, Simon Wilson, Lindsay Nelson, Clifford Thompson and Matthew Ladd.

Collective members, Jimmy Frank and Joseph Williams of Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre discuss art, politics and cultural identity.

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