Identify: What boxes do you tick?

Amala Groom with Willoh S.Weiland (NSW & TAS)

Identify: What boxes do you tick? is a multi-platform performative work that seeks to unpack the fixed and fluid notions between identity of the self and identity by interpolation.

Amala Groom is a Wiradyuri conceptual artist whose practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Articulated across diverse media and informed by extensive archival, legislative and first-person research, Groom’s work is a form of passionate activism, presenting acute and incisive commentary on contemporary socio-political issues.

In this autobiographical work, the artist performs herself as well as a plethora of other characters as a historiography of her lived relationships and experiences. It extends a performative lecture delivered for Talk Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary in 2019 into a fully realised artistic work with artist, writer and curator Willoh S.Weiland, in their first collaboration.

Creative Team: Writer, director and performer – Amala Groom; Dramaturg – Willoh S.Weiland

This project is supported by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s Blakfulla Boost Quick Response Grant.
Image: Amala Groom


Vitalstatistix acknowledges that we, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. We acknowledge Kaurna people as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this land. We respect their cultural authority. We pay our respect to Kaurna Elders, past, present and emerging, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.