Archive of an Invasive Native
IMA Belltower Façade Projection
420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
10 August–11 October 2020
Visible after dark
Video: Charlie Hillhouse
Multidisciplinary artist, Jenna Lee’s practice explores the act of identification and labelling, and the relationship between language and object. Lee is a mixed Larrakia, Wardaman, and Karajarri woman who at the time of creating Archive of an Invasive Native was living and working in the United Kingdom. While in the UK she explored museum and archival collections, uncovering hidden artefacts and objects and revealing the stories of her ancestors embodied within this cultural material.
This projection work, developed in collaboration with Sai Karlen, is part of an ongoing response to a collection of Australian native gum trees in the Kew Gardens, London. Far removed from their country, Lee finds comfort in the plants’ ability to thrive in a hostile environment, drawing parallels with her own separation from home. “This far from home, and still our roots run deep”
Jenna Lee in collaboration with Sai Karlen, Archive of an Invasive Native, 2020, digital projection.
Jenna Lee is a Larrakia, Wardaman, and Karajarri woman and identifies as a queer, mixed race, Asian, Aboriginal woman. Through her art, Lee explores language, labels, and objects, examining how they intersect to create or challenge the concept of identity. Her practice spans curation, creative design, art making, and production.
Jenna Lee in collaboration with Sai Karlen, Archive of an Invasive Native, 2020, digital projection. Installation view, IMA Belltower. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.