69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Bím Caillte (mistranslated: I am, usually, habitually, lost)

Jacqui Shelton

19 October 2023–11 November 2023

An artist travels to a small island to be better immersed in the colonised minority language, and is met by a dead crane and an Irish-speaking, shape-shifting horse. 

The horse engages the artist in a teasing conversation on family legacy, the fallacy of books, neolithic inscriptions, burial, ancestral anxieties, colonial violence and contemporary housing crisis politics. In this work, a home takes many forms, including the scaffolding for learning and preserving language. 

This installation draws on my work on voicing’s self-determining potential, and how learning Irish became a practice to further understand (but then in reality further confuse) the responsibilities of white settler identities and the inheritance of colonial silencing. 

See the exhibition room sheet here.

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  • I am an artist born on Barada Barna land and based in Narrm, and am of Irish-republican and settler descent. My work uses text, performance and film-making to explore the complications of performance and presence, and how voice, language, and image can collaborate or undermine one another.