Meditation (Decolonisation) by Nicole Barakat

Black & gold archival ink on cotton rag paper
Image size: 59.4 x 84.1 cm

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Nicole Barakat is an artist who has been practicing for almost twenty years. She studied at UNSW Art & Design (UNSWAD) where she majored in Textiles.
Nicole has worked as an educator in the arts for over seventeen years, including lecturing in fine arts at UNSWAD from 2003 – 2011. She currently works as an artist educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Her practice includes twenty years of extensive collaborative community-engagement where she sees respect and equality as the leading principles that drive an exchange of experience, knowledge and skills.
Nicole is a child of migrants from the South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA) region born, raised and living with respect on Gadigal Country.

Nicole Barakat is an artist who works deep listening and intuitive processes with intentions to transform the conditions of everyday life. Her work engages unconventional approaches to art-making, creating intricate works that embody the love and patience that often characterises traditional textile practices. Her works include hand-stitched and hand-cut cloth and paper drawings, sculptural forms made with her own hair, cloth and plant materials as well as live work where she uses her voice as a material.
This work is part of a collection originally made for Cementa 2015, a three-day arts festival held on Wiradjuri Country in Kandos, NSW. The works are a critical reflection on the deliberate absence of knowledge non-Indigenous people hold around the genocidal massacres of First Nations Peoples in so-called Australia.
Instagram: @nicolembarakat

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