Friday Arts Day with Bindi Cole Chocka

I first came across Bindi and her stunning work at The Surrender Conference earlier this year.  I was captivated by Bindi’s incredible story of pain and transformation and then blown away by her art installation.  I am so excited to introduce you to a beautiful soul, Bindi Cole Chocka.  Please make sure you watch the video.  Love Lisa

Bindi Cole Chocka  is an Australian contemporary artist with Indigenous heritage of Wathaurong descent who works primarily with photography, video and installation as her mediums.

imagesCelebrated photographer Bindi Cole started taking photos when her mum gave her a camera.

She stopped at age 16 when her mother died.

Descending into drugs and depression, it wasn’t until she found herself in prison that Bindi decided to turn her life around.

 “Art has given me the opportunity to be unashamedly who I am, to have a voice, a platform to stand up and say ‘these are the things that I care about, this is what I believe in and this is who I really am’.” Bindi Cole

Identifying as Aboriginal but light skinned, Bindi Cole started creating works around the issue of identity.

“Nan, my dad, my family said I was Aboriginal,” says Bindi.”I knew from when I could walk that I was Aboriginal.”

“But then as I grew up obviously I didn’t fit that stereotype.”

“When I first started to make art I was trying to reconcile that – where do I belong? Do I belong here? Do I belong there?” she says.

Pursuing these questions led her to make her Not Really Aboriginal series, which features fair skinned Aboriginal people in blackface.  Bindi Cole’s Not Really Aboriginal is a series of photographs including portraits and group photographs in which the faces of the subjects are blackened with paintNot Really Aboriginal explores Cole’s Indigenous identity and heritage, and the ways in which they are questioned by mainstream society due to Cole’s fair complexion.

Asialink Arts proudly presents the first video of their Arts Alumni video STORIES series. The series documents the powerful anecdotes behind many of the Asialink projects over the last 25 years. In this first video Bindi Cole Chocka recounts her involvement in Shadowlife, Asialink Arts touring exhibition curated by Djon Mundine OAM and Natalie King, which toured to Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore in 2012-13.

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