Club Ate: In Muva We Trust
Australian artists Club Ate present a colossal artwork which will be projected onto Tramway’s façade from The Hidden Gardens, and asks the question: “In the face of an uncertain future, how do we, as queer communities of colour, cultivate hope and create possibility?”
In Muva We Trust will be presented as part of a wider evening also featuring The Making of Pinocchio by Cade and MacAskill, (7.30 to 9pm). In between shows, audiences will be invited to join a drinks reception, and encounter a specially commissioned lighting design by Dav Bernard that will transform and illuminate the foyer and bar area, accompanied by music from DJ and multidisciplinary artist TALK2FRAN.K.
Drawing on Filipino folklore narratives, In Muva We Trust is set in the mythical Skyworld, a borderless space of potentiality and rematriation.
The work elaborates the way queer communities co-create alternative family structures centring the care practice of mothering and of radical sisterhood.
"At a moment in time where we feel vulnerable and overwhelmed by our recent compulsory social disconnect, the immersive experience of In Muva We Trust reminds us of our power as a collective, inspiring an alternative approach grounded in respect, family and togetherness."
The work of Club Ate is informed by the artists’ shared Filipino / Australian ancestry. They actively seek out collaborations with members of the queer Asia Pacific diaspora in Australia and the Philippines with the objective of finding collaborative meeting points, to celebrate voices of diversity.
Running time 9 mins 30
Contains partial nudity and adult themes
Recommended for ages 12+
In Muva We Trust will be viewed from the Hidden Gardens. The space is wheelchair accessible. On the ground is concrete, grass and paving stones.
The event will be outside with no cover. Please bring suitable clothing.
The event is standing with seating available if required.
There is an audio description for In Muva We Trust which will be accessed via QR code on the night
There are sections with loud music and flashing lights
Early entry will be permitted for audience members with access needs
Latecomers will be permitted
Club Ate (Justin Shoulder, Bhenji Ra and collaborations)
Filmed on Gadigal Country, Sydney
Conceived and Directed by Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra
Producers: Insite Arts, Justin Shoulder
Composition: Corin Ilet
Co-Director and Visual Effects: Tristan Jalleh
Performed and choreographed by:
Vana Banks, Jamaica Moana, Kilia Tipa, Bhenji Ra and Justin Shoulder
Poetry: Justin Shoulder
Vocals: Christine Villareal
Cinematography: Alex Davies and Goldie Soetianto
Costumes: Matthew Stegh, Anthony Aitch and Justin Shoulder
Hair: Sophie Roberts
Make-up: Gillian Campbell
In Muva We Trust premiered at the National Gallery of Australia as part of Enlighten Festival 2020 and has been presented at Birmingham Festival 2022 as part of Fierce Festival’s Healing Gardens of Bab. The production is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Government RISE Fund.
Download the programme for In Muva We Trust and The Making of Pinocchio