SMAPUX – The Turning Power of Medicine

Dondon Hounwn (Truku, Taiwan), Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigo)
07–11 May Free
Pulima Arts Festival

insideOUT is an exhibition that interrogates the meeting points of where Blak and queer cultures intersect, through the distinctive collage works of Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe. His latest experimentations with animation and fashion will be accompanied by pop-up shows from Taiwanese performance artist Dondon Hounwn.

SMAPUX (meaning Shaman in Truku language) is a deep spiritual healing ritual developed from the resonation of Dondon’s healing power and Peter’s stream of consciousness.

There are three stages in this ritual. The first stage is ‘conversation’, to have a dialogue with local spirits. ‘Release’ is the second stage, inciting subconscious information through the dialogue with local spirits. At the third stage, ‘balance’, the balanced spiritual power of two parties will be constructed.

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The insideOUT exhibition contains adult concepts and nudity.


  • Artist: Dondon Hounwn
  • Performer: Teymu Basaw
  • Performer: Vuday
  • Performer: Piling Itey

Additional Info

Presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival and Koorie Heritage Trust. Taiwan Focus program supported by the City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI Festival and the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation through Pulima Art Festival and the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan (Republic of China).