Between 8 May and 15 June 2019, The Community Reading Room presents Black Tourmaline - a space to consider the inclusivity of our education system, problematize ‘resilience’ narratives and contemplate how our institutions of knowledge privilege particular ways of knowing and being.
Over 6-weeks Torika Bolatagici, Beaziyt Worcou, this mob, Negro Speaks of Books, Mary Quinsacara and BLK School have curated a program of events and installations including panel discussions, audio interviews and workshops for focused reflection on how Black, Indigenous and people of colour experience mainstream education in an ‘Australian’ context with an emphasis on healing, self-determination, dreaming and visioning.
Transforming the ‘passive’ library into a participatory project, the artists invite the public to create an archive of lived experiences by contributing anonymous written reflections of their own education.
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Carstairs Prize, funded by a private donor and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). #navagrants