Miriwoong Country, North-West AUSTRALIA
Above: Cups of Nun Chai; conversation, text, photography, website, newspaper serial, and artists’ book
Alana Hunt’s practice is grounded in the capacity of art and ideas to shape the social space between people and the public sphere. She makes contemporary art, writes, produces media, and occasionally curates. The politics of nation-making and the fabric of community run through her work in quiet yet consistent ways. Her practice often investigates the colonial past and present of Australia and South Asia, distilling complex and controversial issues into personal encounters that are challenging and poetic, at once absurd and meaningful. Since 2009 Alana has
orchestrated participatory art and publishing projects that have sensitively activated different media forms in the public sphere to shed light on the challenging narratives of Kashmir’s struggle for freedom. In mid-2016 the 7-year participatory memorial Cups of nun chai circulated as a newspaper serial in Kashmir reaching thousands of people on a weekly basis during a period of intense civilian uprising and state oppression. This work won the 2017 Incinerator Art Award.
Above: Between neighbours and nations; video 9m 30s. Between me and you; Series of 15 images — collage of enlarged polaroid photographs printed on cotton rag and mounted on aluminium. Image Credits: Installation view at Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest as part of Landing Points curated by Lee-Anne Hall and Hayley Megan French. Image by Silversalt.
Alana was assistant manager and curator at Warmun Art Centre (2011-15), sub-editor of un Magazine (2016) and currently sits on un Project’s editorial advisory committee. She is an alumni of the Australia Council’s Future Leader’s Program (2017) and is a peer assessor (2017-20). In 2018 Alana will launch The Border Line, undertake an artist residency in Makassar with Rumata Art Space and the Makassar International Writer’s Festival, develop new work for an exhibition with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and travel to New York to present the seven year participatory memorial Cups of nun chai at Parsons New School for Design as
part of the internationally peer reviewed Project Anywhere. Alana lives on Miriwoong country in the remote north-west of Australia. Her work is held in both public and private collections including Artbank and the Macquarie Group Collection. A mere drop in the sea of what is, published by 4A Papers, explores the visual culture circulating from Kashmir via the ‘streets of social media’. Portions of this paper made it into the Hansard report of the Australian parliament, evidence that we are not working in isolated echo chambers but massive cultural ecosystems with porous borders.