Brisbane Street Art Festival- (BSAF) had developed a fundamental roll contributing with the cultural sector in Australia, providing a multi-disciplinary platform where artists in and outside the country borders can participate.
This year, BSAF took place from March 31st to April 15th, transforming the city’s walls with amazing artistic interventions, redefining the relation of the community with the public space. The BSAF 2018 included 50 international artists, creating more than 54 large scale murals throughout South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, Paddington, Annerley y Brisbane’s CBD. The festival’s highlights was the participation important Australian urban artist as Sofles, Gus Eagleton, Fuzeillear or Emmanuel Moore, as well as the attendance artist from around the world: as Kenji Chai y Cloakwork from Malaysia, Tuyuloveme from Indonesia, Bao Ho from Hong Kong, Rosie Wood from England, Gris One from Colombia and Said Dokins from Mexico.
The second mural ‘The Lost River’ was painted in the neighbourhood of Bowen Hills, where Dokins used his unique urban calligraphy style to write the names of the indigenous languages of Queensland area, setting the words on the surface of the wall, as if it was an encrypted river, flowing. This mural was accomplished with the aid and support of aboriginal organizations, specialists and members of indigenous communities.
These murals are an acknowledgement to the Traditional Owners of the lands of this city and of all Queensland. A tribute to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been displaced from their communities, their lands and who were forbidden to speak their language, perform their ceremonies and practice their culture.
Through a composition inspired by Indigenous engagement and cultural expression, I made this calligraphic piece that references approximately 125 Queensland Indigenous languages, most of them considered endangered. On the same wall it includes the name and the stories of people I met in Brisbane, creating a collective history, where the words that describe nature and cultural diversity intertwine with colonial and globalization references.
This history represents the aboriginal ghostly inscription that circulates between the past and the present.
Indigenous Languages Coordinator
Information & Engagement State Library of Queensland