Megan Cope

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

On Episode #79 of the podcast I have a deadly yarn with Megan Cope. Megan is a Quandamooka (North Stradbroke Island in South East Queensland) artist. Her site-specific sculptural installations, video work and paintings investigate issues relating to identity, the environment and mapping practices.

Megan’s work often resists prescribed notions of Aboriginality, and examines psychogeographies that challenge the grand narrative of ‘Australia’ and our sense of time and ownership in a settler colonial state. These explorations result in various material outcomes. Megan’s work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally including at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Para Site Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kong; Careof Art Space, Milan; the Australian Embassy, just to name a few.

In 2020, Cope presented newly-commissioned work at the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres. She has also featured work in the NGV Triennial 2020, the 2021 TarraWarra Museum of Art Biennial: Slow Moving Waters and in the 2021 exhibition, OCCURRENT AFFAIR: ProppaNOW at the University of Queensland Art Museum. Recent solo exhibitions include Fractures and Frequencies presented at UNSW Galleries as part of Sydney Festival 2020/21, and Unbroken Connections at Canberra Glassworks, following an artist residency.

Join our yarn as we dive deep into Megan’s story. It’s fascinating! We learn all about her journey as an artist, travelling the world and some of the exciting projects she currently has in the works. Don’t miss this one!

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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities.  Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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