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May 2nd, 2019

Animated adaption to be shown on digital facade for Yirramboi Festival

At 6:00pm on 8 May 2019 Fed Square will launch their newly commissioned generative animated adaptation of celebrated Indigenous artist Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s ‘All The Fish’.The adaptation will play each evening from 8:00pm-9:00pm on 9 May-9 June, as part of Yirramboi Festival, Melbourne’s premier First Peoples festival.

In 2018 – in close consultation with the Gabori estate – Fed Square commissioned RAMUS Design Studio to create an animated adaptation of Gabori’s ‘All The Fish’ (2005, the National Gallery of Victoria’s Indigenous Collection) for their newly installed Digital Façade. This adaptation – accompanied by a rare recording of Gabori’s own singing – is intended as a celebration of the venerable artist’s significant legacy.

“As the city’s premier civic space, we at Fed Square are very proud to launch this adaptation of Sally Gabori’s ‘All The Fish’, reflecting the impact her work has had on culture and identity.” said Jonathan Tribe, CEO of Fed Square.

“We at Fed Square are delighted to use again our new and exciting screen as a digital art gallery, and to host another original, specially-commissioned artwork by such a renowned artist as Sally Gabori. We are certain this film will create enormous public interest as it reflects her life in Northern Australia.”

“The debut of All The Fish is a culmination of the Digital Façade’s intentional design as an innovative outdoor gallery and the premier home for cultural celebrations in Melbourne, particularly that which are live and interactive. Fed Square has always valued opportunities to explore art that is unconventional, unusual, forward-thinking or in some way disruptive, and to translate All The Fish to the Digital Façade in this manner is emblematic of that value.”

Bob Thomson, Executor of the Estate of Sally Gabori, stated “Sally Gabori had visited Federation Square in 2007 and I can imagine how proud she would be today to see her art being shown in such an exciting way to so many people. She loved colour and this sounds absolutely perfect to us in her honour.”

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was one of the leading Australian contemporary artists of this century. Her works reflect the way in which Gabori viewed and depicted her world, the stories of her ancestors and her country – Kaiadilt Country of Bentinck Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland – where she was born in 1924. Sally Gabori lived and worked on the Mornington Island community of Gununa, where her indefatigable zeal to communicate her stories, knowledge, and experiences accumulated over an incredible life – spanning over 90 years – won her great admiration and left an astonishing cultural legacy. She passed away in 2015.

Fed Square would like to acknowledge and thank Sally Gabori’s family, Beverly Knight (agent for art for the Estate of Sally Gabori), Alcaston Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria for their valuable guidance, support and insight during the creation of this work.

Fed Square also wishes to thank Jim Cousins AO and Libby Cousins, who generously gifted All The Fish to the National Gallery of Victoria in the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2013, as well as Pablo Tochez Anderson, the project’s animator.

This is a free event and bookings are not required. The location is wheelchair-accessible.

Address: Digital Façade, Main Square, Federation Square, Corner Flinders St & Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

For all Media Enquiries please contact Andrew Baber at andrew.baber@fedsquare.com or see the following webpages:

Fed Square’s Digital FaçadeAll the Fish / Yirramboi Fed Square Event PageWhat’s On MelbourneRamus