Indigenous Visual Knowledge and Country

Monday, 30 October 2023
6:00PM - 7:30PM (AEST)
SCA Gallery, University of Sydney
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A sandstone formation at Tamara Beach, Sydney

A conversation moderated by Gerald McMaster about Indigenous ways of seeing on and through Country.

Over a series of events in 2023, the curator and scholar Gerald McMaster has been gathering Indigenous artists, scholars and knowledge keepers from across the world to discuss the topic of Indigenous Visual Knowledge. McMaster's point of departure is "Kānawāpātahmōwin", a Plains Cree term that denotes a particular way of seeing and being in the world.

In this, the third event in the series, Gerald will converse with a group of Sydney-based local scholars and artists about ways of seeing on and through Country: Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi scholar Lynette Riley, Ngarigu scholar Jakelin Troy and Wiradjuri artist Jazz Money. 


Series convened by Gerald McMaster, and co-presented by the Power Institute and the Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge, with the support of the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney.  Gerald's presence in Sydney is thanks to a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Learn more about the Terra Foundation First Nations Visiting Professorships


Headshot of Gerald McMaster.
Gerald McMaster

Gerald McMaster is the Director of Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge at OCAD University in Toronto, and a leading voice nationally and internationally, with over 30 years of experience in contemporary art, critical theory, museology, and Indigenous aesthetics. He is Plains Cree from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and a member of the Siksika Nation. He has served as the Canadian Commissioner for the 1995 Venice Biennale, Artistic Director of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, and Curator for the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. He is the recipient of Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts from the Canada Council for his prolific curatorial legacy. McMaster has served as Adjunct Curator for Remai Modern since 2018.

Lynette Riley
Lynette Riley

Lynette Riley is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree. She is currently an Associate Professor and Executive Director of Indigenous Studies and Aboriginal Eduation at the University of Sydney. Lynette has more than 30 years working experience as a teacher and in Aboriginal education and administration within primary schools, high schools, TAFE, state office and universities.

Jakelin Troy
Jakelin Troy

Jakelin Troy is Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. Her research interests are currently focussed on documenting, describing and reviving Indigenous languages. Jakelin is interested in the use of Indigenous research methodologies and community engaged research practises. She is an Aboriginal Australian and her community is Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains in south eastern Australia.

Jazz Money
Jazz Money

Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet and artist based on Gadigal land, Sydney. Her practice is centred around poetics while producing works that encompass installation, digital, performance, film and print. Their writing has been widely published nationally and internationally, and performed on stages around the world. Jazz’s first poetry collection, the best-selling how to make a basket (UQP, 2021) was the 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award and a second collection is forthcoming with UQP in 2024. Their first feature film is WINHANGANHA (2023), commissioned by the National Film and Sound Archive.