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Colour Theory Underground: Nish (3-Day Rental)

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    Colour Theory Underground is the fourth set of profiles of artists in a series showcasing the art of Indigenous Australians. This series explores the art of graffiti and street art, a culture characterised by originality and experimentation, and intended for a broad audience. It doesn't conform to the regular criteria of contemporary art, nor to the conventions of exhibition within the walls of a gallery.

    Shot on location around Australia, the series heads to the streets and into landscapes where art is a highly visible form of storytelling. The featured artists create eye-catching pieces that exploit the principles of advertising but usually with an anti-capitalist stance. There are many forms of street art: ideological, colourful, peaceful and political. From discrete works to large-scale murals, they make pertinent comment on social issues that impact on Indigenous people and broader society today, often with splashes of humour and wit.

    Tony Albert, artist and series presenter, opens the door to artists who are secretive by nature, often hiding their identity and codifying their work, due to the misunderstanding that graffiti or stencil works are acts of vandalism.

    Narisha 'Nish' Cash has lived in Adelaide all her life. She is descended from the Jingili and Mudburra mob from the Northern Territory. Her alias as a graffiti artist is ISHK.

    'I love doing the lettering side of things … to me that is the basis of graffiti.' – Nish

    Nish truly challenges the misconceived idea that the world of graffiti and street art is a man's world. Nish's journey of rebellion thrust her into a landscape where not many females existed. Once she became a mother, Nish relied on sketching to play a vital role in healing as she overcame obstacles well known to young women. A well-respected and maternal figure in communities across Australia, Nish shares her knowledge as an artist with youth groups and engages with them through art workshops, appreciating that adults also have something to learn from today's kids at risk.

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