19 July – 5 August 2019
Join us at the opening of Courage on Friday 19 July 5.30pm.
Artist and filmmaker Rani Brown documents social movements that are evolving in response to environmental concerns. In this exhibition of painting, still and moving image, she traces the interconnecting threads of personal and environmental grief, and the stories of those advocating for change.
“As a film maker, independent story telling is key to my work and an antidote to the monopoly of main stream media.”
Courage For The Long Haul (Frogmouth Films, 14 min 2018) shares insights from two women who have been key players within a dynamic social movement in the Northern Rivers NSW. They discuss processes that united a community beyond political affiliation to help protect our life support systems on Earth. They talk about their roles within a movement of untold thousands and what sustains them for the long haul against global corporations and governments who are doing their bidding. It screened at Melbourne Environmental Film Festival 2018 and at Byron Bay All Shorts Film Festival (2019) where it won the People’s Choice award.
Knitting Nannas (Frogmouth Films, 21 min 2013) is the story of a dynamic group of women who productively and peacefully protest against the coal seam gas industry in Northern NSW. The film premiered at Flickerfest International Film Festival in 2014, where it received a Highly Commended award and Byron Bay All Shorts International Film Festival, 2014 where it received the People’s Choice Award. It has since screened across Australia and internationally.
Walking (home) (Frogmouth Films, 3 min 2018) is a series of vignettes of moments in wild spaces in the Blue Mountains, NSW. The work was begun during a period of personal grief and embodies an ongoing cycle of healing and returning. It considers Solastalgia: the environmental grief of our time.
Rani has contributed camera work to various organisations and individuals involved in environmental protest work including:
The Bentley Effect (94min Half Smile Productions 2016) documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free and was filmed over five years.
Undermining Australia: Coal vs Communities (35 mins, Lock the Gate Alliance 2013) reveals the threat to Sydney's water supply from underground longwall coal mining in the Sydney water catchment.
Rani has been involved with environmental protest work for all her adult life through blockading, working with NGOs, community groups and through documentary photography and film.
“When we can recognise what is at stake: bio-diversities lost, dispossessed peoples, extinctions and climate change; when we have the courage to really arrive in how it is right now in our world, we open to creativity and to intelligence. The interconnecting threads of grief can connect us with the wider ecological crisis and from an authentic space we can make choices about how we bring forth actions to protect our world. When we open to how things are, we open to creative possibilities.”
Join us for the opening celebration of ‘Courage’ in the main gallery at Platform Gallery, together with the opening of Marley Myles’ exhibition ‘Of the Tarot’ in Platform Out Back at 5.30pm on Friday 19 July 2019.