Hannah Brontë is a Wakka Wakka/Yaegl visual artist based in Brisbane. Through video art, traditional weaving, banners, photography and costume making her constant theme is empowerment. Specifically Brontë’s work explores messaging and imagery related to women, specifically the role of Indigenous/ Blak women through music videos, banners and large scale installations. Her work centres on resilience, matriarchal futures and challenging current societal structures. Brontë works hard to intertwine the knowledge of all her ancestors in each work she creates, with unrelenting strength.
Recently Brontë has included holistic, spiritual and physical healers as consultants for much of her work. Aiming to re-centre audiences through the experiences depicted in her pieces. Learning that in vulnerability lies strength. Brontë’s work has begun unpacking intergenerational spiritual knowledge, which she feels is just the beginning of a new direction within her work.
Brontë has participated in exhibitions both locally and internationally most recently including, The National (2019) , MCA Sydney, The Commute (2018), IMA Brisbane, WISHWITCH (2018), Live works Festival – Performance Space, Carriage Works Sydney, Blak – Blak Art Form (2018) , Cairns regional Art Gallery, Pataka (2018)- revolutionary women, Porirua, NZ, Perilous Bodies (2019), Ford Foundation Gallery, New York and Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2019) .
Hannah Brontë is also the creatrix of Fempress – immersive club nights which have also toured both locally and internationally. Her practice is deeply influenced by her love for rap and the power of spoken word. Fempress operates as an alternate universe using the power of music, the magic of the club and uplifting the power of Indigenous women / peoples as well as the Queer community. This is the beginning of her exploration into immersing the audience in her imagined futures one dance floor at a time.