Black Tourmaline / by Torika Bolatagici

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It has been a massive 6-weeks at Testing Grounds! This Saturday 15 June, the latest iteration of the Community Reading Room / Black Tourmaline Project draws to a close and I want to express my deep gratitude to all the curators, artists, activators, facilitators and guests who have made this project so special and affirming. In alphabetical order:

Achut Thuc
Aisha Trambas
Alison Whittaker
Amarachi Okorom
Beaziyt Worcou
Demi aka demilition b-girl
Denise Chapman
DJ Naru
Emele Ugavule
Inez Trambas
Laniyuk
Lauren Gower
Maddee Clarke
Mary Quinsacara
Maxime Banks
Melo
Neil Morris
Sammie
Sista Zai Zanda
Soreti
Stash
Zack Ahmed

It has been a blessing and an honour to work with you all and I am grateful for the opportunity.

I would also like to thank the team at Testing Grounds - Molly, Arie and Nicole for their generosity and support leading up to and during the residency. I will miss the team and the space, and feel lucky that I was able to be a part of the Testing Grounds family twice over the past 3-years.

Also, I want to acknowledge the families, extended families, partners, children, pets, support people, friends and colleagues who have been there for everyone listed above. I don’t take this for granted. It takes a village.

And a huge thank you to the funding bodies > Black Tourmaline 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 <