James Henry x Graham BJ Braybon x Chris Barker
Unfinished Business is a community response to the spatial audio work, Yalinguth ( “yesterday” in Woi Wurrung). Directed by Chris Barker and James Henry, the work is a collaboration with young Gunaikurnai artist Graham (BJ) Braybon and The OrCha Collective. The projection work uses video portraiture of local Aboriginal Elders, whose stories are included in the Yalinguth app, arising from a series of photography workshops run by James Henry with young people in Fitzroy. These intimate and powerful images float among tall gums overlooking Atherton Gardens, the site of many stories stretching back through time, highlighting a strong representation of Aboriginal Fitzroy. Animated abstract artworks, directly projected onto the trees, showcase the work of Graham BJ Braybon and quotes from Elders, who have been part of the development of the Yalinguth app for many years, growing, exploring, intertwining their stories into the branches and leaves of an ever-growing history of place. Unfinished Business invites audiences to reflect on Fitzroy’s rich Aboriginal past and present, and echoes the sentiment shared by Aboriginal Elders that “we need to go back, before we can go forwards”.
Artistic Directors: Chris Barker and James Henry
Artists: James Henry, Graham (BJ) Braybon
Animation/Projection Mapping: The OrCha Collective
Producer: Zoë Dawkins
Yalinguth is an audio App connecting people to the Aboriginal history of places through stories and soundscapes, developed by the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Yarnin’ Pictures, Melbourne Community Indigenous Film Collective, Storyscape, RMIT University, and Melbourne School of Design (The University of Melbourne).
Yalinguth is proudly supported by Creative Victoria, VicHealth, City of Yarra, Charcoal Lane (Mission Australia), MAYSAR (Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation), Cooperative, University of Melbourne, RMIT University, and the City of Melbourne.