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
Lauren Gower
Maddee Clark
Mary Quinsacara
Maxime Banks
Neil Morris
Sista Zai Zanda
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 <