In the face of failing patriarchal structures, Our New creates a platform for women and gender diverse people to collaboratively imagine the possibility of something new; an intersectional approach to re-imaging our future with female voices at the core.
Throughout November, Liesel Zink conducted one-on-one conversations with female and gender-diverse people, discussing their desired values and visions for the future. The installation Our New displays a series of statements gathered from these conversations on a large panel in the window of IMA Belltower, facing Brunswick Street until 19 December 2020.
A new statement will be displayed every day. The artwork seeks to amplify the voices of those less heard and encouraging passers-by to consider what we can all gain from a female-led future.
Photograph and design by Genevieve Morrow.
Our New, installation, 2020
Liesel Zink with collaborators and contributors Genevieve Morrow, Lenine Bourke, Alinta McGrady, Roxanne Mcdonald, Anisa Nandaula, Chelsea Chua, Adrianne Jones, Sanaz Hamoonpou, Mojgan Shamsalipoor, Natasha Hayes, Yasmin Amir Hamzah, Meg Cooper, En Rui Foo, Marianne Wobcke, Megan Anstince, Marisa Georgious, Lana Siliga, Georgia Fullerton, and April Dawson.
Liesel Zink is an award-winning choreographer interested in the assembly of bodies in public space. Seeking to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful arts experiences she creates large-scale dance works in public space and uses her process as an opportunity for artistic, cultural and intergenerational exchange.
Zink received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her public space project The Stance which has been presented extensively around Australia and continues to tour internationally. Her other independent projects have been presented around Australia, Asia, and Eastern Europe often seeing her collaborate with local performers. In 2019 this included We and The Uncertain developed with Ukrainian dancers at the prestigious Mystetski Arsenal (Kyiv, Ukraine). Zink has also been commissioned to make works for Flowstate, QUT Art Museum (Transboundaries), Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, and LINK, and has been a collaborating artist with Polytoxic Dance Theatre, Leah Shelton, and Force Majeure.
Zink is currently Assistant Directing for Force Majeure’s The Last Season, was choreographic assistant for Leah Shelton’s Bitch on Heat and Terror Australis and has been a dramaturge for QLD choreographers Courtney Scheu and Michael Smith. She is a provocateur and mentor for GENERATE (Situate on the Gold Coast) and recently facilitated the South East Asia Choreolab at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. Zink is the current Chair of Supercell Dance Festival and joined Performing Lines to produce Amrita Hepi’s 2019 international tour of A Call To Dance.
Development of Our New is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland La Boite Theatre’s HWY Program.