Rosie Kalina | Wemba Wemba/Gunditjmara
Before working with YIRRAMBOI, Rosie curated art exhibition Blak To The Future (2018, 2019) at Footscray Community Arts Centre, as an ongoing series which deals with the themes of colonisation and the future, through the lens of First Nations young people.
Rosie is also a multidisciplinary visual artist, exhibiting photographic series and installation Kalina Yaryins at Hamer Hall as a part of disrupt for YIRRAMBOI in 2019. She is also the co-founder of makeup for mob a makeup artist collective for First Nations people, specialising in music video shoots and runway for fellow First Nations artists; whose priority is providing a culturally safe experience.
Rosie aims to bring her experience with community arts engagement and connections to community through her role at YIRRAMBOI, combining her creativity with her experience in producing arts events, ensuring community and cultural competency is always at the forefront.
“YIRRAMBOI embodies the ethos First Nations First which I truly believe in. I am thankful and proud to be on YIRRAMBOI’s team of all First Nations producers. The festival is a showcase of Blak excellence which highlights the diverse abundance of our people’s talent. To be a part of something as incredible as this, I feel responsible to my community and family as a proud Koori woman, to produce programs that reflect the complexities of our rich continuing, evolving culture. We are the future!”