How I See It: Blak Art and Film Exhibition is coming to ACMI this December

New visions from eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives.

Spanning moving image, installation, documentary, photography and video games, How I See It amplifies the artists and filmmakers’ perspectives on representation, the gaze, colonial archives and knowledge systems. These eight creators consider how First Peoples have been historically represented on our screens as they also imagine alternate realities and futures. The exhibition showcases works that use diverse materials and ideas to disrupt and reimagine, as well as expand the artists’ practice, supporting experimentation with new technologies and mediums.

How I See It, curated by Kate ten Buuren (Taungurung), will unveil five new commissions by Amrita Hepi (Bundjulung and Ngapuhi), Jazz Money (Wiradjuri), Joel Sherwood Spring (Wiradjuri), Jarra Karalinar Steel (Boonwurrung, Wemba Wemba and Trawlwoolway) and Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigu), alongside works by Essie Coffey OAM (Murawari), Destiny Deacon (KuKu and Erub/Mer) and Steven Rhall (Taungurung).



How I See It includes a film program curated by Jenna Rain Warwick (Luritja), that celebrates films that exist in the in-between, that question the notion of place, national identity and reflect on the historical representations of First Nations peoples. The program features surreal, genre-bending films; weaving histories, perspectives, and timelines to give power to the storyteller, and subvert traditional western storytelling.

How I See It will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue featuring an introduction by Dr E Flynn and new writing by Dr Paola Balla, John Harvey and Ellen van Neerven.

How I See It: Blak Art and Film Exhibition
16 December 2022 – 19 February 2023
ACMI, Melbourne