Joel Sherwood Spring (Wiradjuri, Australia)

UNSW Galleries and White Bay Power Station

Joel Sherwood Spring is a Wiradjuri anti-disciplinary artist, who works collaboratively on projects that sit outside established notions of contemporary art & architecture attempting to transfigure spatial dynamics of power through discourse, pedagogies, art, design and architectural practice. He is focussed on examining the contested narratives of Australia’s urban cultural and Indigenous history in the face of ongoing colonisation. Sherwood Spring wishes to frame his practice within a larger framework in which he is negotiating and learning to employ art making and exhibitionary practices, publication, discourse and pedagogy within what is largely recognised as black or Indigenous studies. His works explore the potential of Indigenous materialist readings of Art and Architecture towards the efforts of repatriation, reparations and land back. 

Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Fondation Opale, as part of a collaboration to support Emerging Artists.