Collaboration with Zane Saunders


Collaborations with Zane Saunders >

Zane Saunders and Nicholas Mills share an ongoing creative collaboration that spans some 10 years. This collaboration that has involved numerous one-off, semi improvised and site specific live performances, theatrical/installation performances and media based gallery works, in a variety of locations, venues and contexts.

Most recent collaborations include ‘I, Alien’, exhibition/installation of video/audio works, KickArts Contemporary Arts, 2012, and ‘Handbrake’, series of video/audio works and live performances for CIAF 2012.

Highlights include “Nyah-bunyar (Temple)” exhibition (NGV, Melbourne Festival 2010), “Saying No: Reconciling Spirituality and Resistance in Indigenous Australian Art” at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art) in New York in 2011, and performances at first Indigenous Triennial 2010 (National Gallery Australia).

Zane Saunders was born in Cairns in 1971, and grew up in Kuranda, Far North Queensland, Australia. He identifies with the Butchulla (Bajala) of Fraser Island, some 1500km to the south. Zane has a Gungu Yimithir language name given by a Hopevale elder: the name Ngamu Mangal Bungal – means clever hands.

As a younger artist, the Australian National Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria and a host of state, corporate and private collections, collected Zane’s work.

Emerging over the last 10 years from this very strong visual arts background, Zane continues exploring and investigating new visual expression, especially through contemporary performance.

In 2010 he collaborated with Indonesian performance artist Arahmaiani in Cairns, and was also awarded an Australia Council for the Arts artist in residence grant at Location One in New York in 2011. He has produced specific works most recently for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2013, and participated in the inter-media project, ‘Lodestar’ with Cairns’ Bonemap collective.

Nicholas is the producer/director of the annual On Edge Media and Performance Festival, runs the artist/producer run artspace Arthouse, and curates the ongoing Mixed Grill live works/multi arts series.

As a practitioner, Nicholas works largely with sound, video and visual media to produce individual works, live art/performances and collaborations, and cross-artform installations.

Nicholas’ history includes performances at Liquid Architecture, Woodford Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, the IMA (Institute of Modern Art) and various club shows and galleries.

Zane Saunders and Nicholas’ work was presented as part of the Adelaide Festival 2014 ‘Four Rooms’ exhibition at Tandanya Gallery.


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