Karrabing Film CollectiveArtist
Founded in 2012.
Based in Australia’s Northern Territory, the Karrabing Film Collective counts some thirty Indigenous filmmakers of all generations. Their cinematic corpus resuscitates a complex network of practices and relationships: with Earth, geology, ancestors, human and non-human life, and visual culture. Elizabeth Povinelli, professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University (New York), is a long-time member of the collective. Together they have come up with a unique, baroque film corpus, a skilful blend of satire and political/legal subversion in defence of their identity, their rights, and the power of the imagination.
The Family and the Zombie (2021) is a video featuring Aboriginal children playing in lush green overgrowth that gradually turns into a wasteland. Conceived as a zombie film, the work reveals the toxic dangers of unbridled Western consumption and questions the cultural erasure caused by colonialism. The screening It is surrounded by a landscape of scrap cars, tires, and other postindustrial detritus. This project supports the creation of a cultural heritage area in the Mabuluk (Cape Ford) region in Australia.
The Family and The Zombie is a co-commission by: Serpentine Galleries, London for Back to Earth, Palais de Tokyo, Paris for Reclaim the Earth and E-WERK Luckenwalde for POWER NIGHTS: Being Mothers. With the support and collaboration of Indigenous Language and Art Program, Department of the Arts, Australia and Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, Darwin, Australia. Additional thanks to Madre, Napoli.