X-Change is a new exhibition by the Re-Right Collective (Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding). Bringing their knowledge and experiences in public art and community events, they highlight the ways in which stories are approached through conversation.

The exhibition features new works exploring themes of de-colonisation, domesticity, and survival through art and community. The artists bring held-held objects that are drawn from childhood memory and lived experiences to create a sanctuary in the colonial landscape. Both Carmen and Dennis exchange stories through these objects to highlight community strength, familial histories and self-determination.

As part of this exhibition, Re-Right Collective have engaged with Barada Bana, Yuin and Cammeraygal Elder, Aunty Jeanie Moran who shared stories of cultural practice within the areas in which the exhibition takes place. The artists and Aunty Jeanie exchanged stories of place and the importance of keeping culture alive through generational storytelling. The outcome of this engagement allowed the artists to collaborate with Aunty Jeanie and her grandchildren to produce a ceramic installation of a Nawi (canoe) which reference the history and practices of the Sydney coastal people.

The Re-Right Collective is an artist collaborative consisting of Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding.

Carmen Glynn-Braun is an emerging Indigenous Australian artist stemming from the Southern Arrernte, Kaytetye, and Ammatyerre nations across Central Australia. Carmen lived a dual life growing up between Alice Springs and inner-city Sydney. Glynn-Braun just completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with UNSW Art and Design and takes a trans-disciplinary approach across many mediums. Her work predominantly explores lived experiences of Aboriginal women translated through gentle and experimental approaches to materials and form.

Dennis Golding is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist from the north-west of NSW and was born and raised in Sydney. Working in a range of mixed media including painting, video, photography and installation, Golding critiques the social, political and cultural representations of race and identity. His practice is drawn from his own experiences living in urban environments and through childhood memories. Golding explores empowering notions of Indigenous cultural identity in which he challenges the categorical boundaries from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous experiences.

Image: Re-Right Collective, Nawi (detail), 2024, ceramic installation. Image by the artists.

X-Change is a Willoughby City Council curated exhibition presented in partnership with the Gai-mariagal Festival 2024, a celebration of the oldest living culture on the planet.