SPEAKER: Curtis Taylor
Curtis Taylor is a Martu artist currently based in Newman, Western Australia. He has worked on a number of film and multimedia productions, including Lynette Wallworth’s Emmy Award-winning Collisions. Taylor was a Community Coordinator and Youth Development Officer at Martu Media (a division of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa) where he also spent 18 months working on Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route as a filmmaker and youth ambassador. Essential to his work is Curtis’s presentation of stories and narratives in his Martu Wangka dialect. Using the language of his community, Martu cultural identity and practices are reflected to broad national and international audiences through his productions. His screen works have been shown at the Nepal International Indigenous Film Archive Festival, at The National: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney alongside collaborator Ishmael Marika; and at the Sydney Film Festival with fellow filmmaker Nathan Mewett. Taylor’s exhibitions include his solo show Untitled (Uura) at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; In Cahoots, Fremantle Arts Centre; Networking the Unseen, Furtherfield Gallery, London; Dead Ringer, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; Taboo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and We don’t need a map: a Martu experience of the Western Desert, Fremantle Arts Centre.