Sovereign Acts: In the Wake

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'In the WAKE' is a retrospective of five Sovereign Acts that considers what it means to be bound, and what it means to be free. We began in 2015 with Tarnanthi, first light. We close with Karrka, a time to reflect in the wake of the last light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-95
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

This text is based on the exhibition guide for Sovereign Acts | In the WAKE, Migration Museum, Adelaide, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, 2019.


  • Tarnanthi Festival
  • Unbound Collective
  • Tarnanthi (first light)
  • Karrka (time to reflect in the wake of the last light)
  • Christina Sharpe
  • Mirning people
  • Yankunytjatjara people
  • Yidiniji/Mbarbarm people
  • Narungga people
  • dynamics of power and oppression
  • deep colonialism
  • wakefulness as consciousness

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