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Image: Guwing Burragula Nggurrawa (Sunset on Country) by Jayne Christian from the 2023 Blacktown City Art Prize, photography by Liza Moscatelli, Mosca Media Australia.

Djiriyay and Révolution

woven yarns for ongoing resistance

with Jayne Christian

16 April to 29 June
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Djiriyay and Révolution is Baramadagal woman Jayne Christian’s first solo exhibition. Featuring woven pieces made in collaboration with her mother, aunts and cousins, alongside photographs by Serge D’ignazio, the exhibition examines the relationship between protest and Indigenous cultural practices.

For thousands of years First Nations people have used the land and grasses around them to create a rich history of weaving. Crafted as a tool of hunting and gathering, the cultural practice has shifted in recent centuries to also be another form of storytelling and resistance.

After completing a three-month residency at the Cite International Des Arts in Paris through the Galang Residency, supported by Powerhouse Parramatta, Jayne became interested in the region’s history of protest and activism, and saw reflections in her own First Nations history.

This connection is seen throughout the woven works in the show that were made both on residency in Paris and in Jayne’s hometown Wagga Wagga NSW, and also in the title:

Djiriyay is a Dharug war cry and Révolution a French word for a forcible throwover of government.

Djiriyay and Révolution celebrates the freedom to protest and the importance of cultural practices and activism.

See the full Autumn line-up here.

Artist bio

Jayne Christian is a Baramadagal woman through the Reid/Goldspink family belonging to the Dharug- speaking peoples. Jayne chairs the Parramatta City Council First Nations Advisory Group and is an advisor with the Treaty Council. Jayne has practiced as a social justice lawyer for ten years, with a focus on working with Aboriginal Communities across NSW.

Jayne belongs to the weaving communities in Wagga Wagga and western Sydney, is a member of the Parramatta Weaving Garden Collective and practices traditional and contemporary styles of weaving and dyeing.

Image: Jayne Christian, courtesy of artist

This project is presented by Blacktown Arts and supported by Blacktown City Council and the NSW Government through Create NSW.