Born on Wathaurong country (Geelong, Australia 1988), currently based on Wurundjeri and Bunurong lands of the Kulin Nation (Melbourne, south-eastern Australia). Roberta recognises and acknowledges the Wathaurong, Wurundjeri and Bunurong peoples as the traditional owners of the lands she has been raised, living and working on and pay respect to their Elders, ancestors and families. Roberta extends acknowledgment and respect to First Nations peoples and communities globally viewing this website.
Roberta's work responds to constructions of 'race' and gender identity, sometimes with satire and humour in her video, performance, installation and multi-disciplinary projects. Drawing from historical, socio-political, media and popular culture, Rich engages with notions of "authenticity" and its relationship to constructed identities and their forms of representation. In doing so, Rich aims to de-construct colonial modalities through arts practice while ascertaining empowering forms of self determination, often referencing her own [diaspora] African identity and experiences.
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