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Fashioning black identity with Atong Atem and Santilla Chingaipe

18 January 2020

Artist Atong Atem will be joined by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe in conversation at MGA.

2-3pm Saturday 18 January

Atong Atem's work is currently featured in Fashioning Black Identity: Africa and the African diaspora, an exhibition that has travelled to MGA from Cairns Art Gallery (QLD).

Santilla Chingaipe will join Atong Atem, bringing together their shared interest in representing migrant experience, home and identity through portraiture, photography, filmmaking and journalism.

FREE event, all welcome. RSVP for seating purposes.

RSVP here


About our speakers:

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics, and she is a member of the federal government’s advisory group in Australia-Africa relations. Santilla curated Australia’s first all-day, anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But…, and her film credits include the landmark SBS documentary, Date My Race. Her latest documentary series Third Culture Kids is currently streaming on ABC iView and she reports regularly for The Saturday Paper. 

Atong Atem

Atong Atem is an Ethiopian born, South Sudanese artist and writer living in Narrm/ Melbourne. Atem works primarily with with photography and video to explore migrant narratives, postcolonial practices in the African diaspora and the exploration of identity through portraiture. Atem explores concepts of home and identity through a critical and sentimental lens and references the works of photographers Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita and science fiction writers such as Octavia Butler as tools for navigating liminal spaces.

Atem has exhibited her work across Australia, including MUMA Monash, Gertrude Contemporary, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Internationally at Red Hook Labs in New York, Vogue Fashion Fair in Milan and Unseen Amsterdam art fair.

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