The writing is on the wall… Equal parts affirmation and intention, the statement is emphatic. Ngulli yahnbai gulli bahn! [We are still here now!]. It...
Neon Graffiti: Still Here
Access and Inclusion
Donna Gough (Australia) / Chelsea Watego (Australia)
Neon By Neolite (Australia)
The writing is on the wall… Equal parts affirmation and intention, the statement is emphatic. Ngulli yahnbai gulli bahn! [We are still here now!]. It might be an assertion, yet it is also a question. What does it mean to still be here? Now?
Through neon light, this powerful installation reserves space for truth-telling. It activates words from the 'Dear Ancestor' essay by Indigenist health humanities scholar, writer, and public intellectual Chelsea Watego – a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman born and raised on Yuggera country. Watego’s life unfolds through her Ancestors, their stories, their experiences, and their connections to place. But they are gone. She is still here, now.
Acclaimed artist Donna Gough’s approach to installation and neon aesthetics often focuses on conceptual wordplay, exploring the relationship between art and the duality of language through the complexity of the human experience. She explores the effects light has on our psychology and spatial perception, with its inherent ability to confront the eye and mind of the viewer.
Country represented by installation: Australia