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I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa)

About I Stay:

The artwork features songs, poems, stories, autobiography and other texts by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Straight Islanders. The writing plays in myriad animated effects on an electronic display fitted to a four-sided, 19-metre steel column at 8 Chifley Square.

"The text I chose was influenced by a people's history, but the themes, such as love and survival, are universal. The first person voice in much of the writing makes the artwork alive and immediate, accessible to many. Writing by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors was most compelling; it illustrates that what happens to individuals and groups, happens to society. The human themes here make this public space integrate and honour the personal." Jenny Holzer

I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) , 2014
LED sign with blue, green & red diodes
Text: “The Letter” from Skins: Contemporary Indigenous
Writing by Sally Morgan, © 2000 by the author. Used/reprinted
with permission of the author; “In the Dormitory” from Is that
You, Ruthie? by Ruth Hegarty, © 2003 by the author.
Used/reprinted with permission of the author.
Permanent installation: 8 Chifley Square, Sydney
© 2014 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Brett Boardman
I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) , 2014
LED sign with blue, green & red diodes
Text: “Are We the Same” from Just Like That by Charmaine
Papertalk-Green, © 2007 by the author. Used/reprinted with
permission of Fremantle Press; “Shame Day My Birthday – 26
January” from Real Deadly by Ruby Langford Ginibi, © 1992
by The Estate of Ruby Langford Ginibi. Used/reprinted with
permission of Pauline Mitchell and Jeffrey Langford c/o
Cameron Creswell Agency.
Permanent installation: 8 Chifley Square, Sydney
© 2014 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Photo: Collin LaFleche
I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) , 2014
LED sign with blue, green & red diodes
Text: “Intimations of a CVA” from Untreated: Poems by Black
Writers by John Muk Muk Burke, © 2008 by the author.
Used/reprinted with permission of the author; “Koori Dubays
2” from Real Deadly by Ruby Langford Ginibi, © 1992 by The
Estate of Ruby Langford Ginibi. Used/reprinted with
permission of Pauline Mitchell and Jeffrey Langford c/o
Cameron Creswell Agency.
Permanent installation: 8 Chifley Square, Sydney
© 2014 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Brett Boardman
I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) , 2014
LED sign with blue, green & red diodes
Text: “Verballed Again” and “The Reunion” from Real Deadly
by Ruby Langford Ginibi, © 1992 by The Estate of Ruby
Langford Ginibi. Used/reprinted with permission of Pauline
Mitchell and Jeffrey Langford c/o Cameron Creswell Agency.
Permanent installation: 8 Chifley Square, Sydney
© 2014 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Brett Boardman
I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) , 2014
LED sign with blue, green & red diodes
Text: “keeping records” from Cordite Poetry Review by John
Muk Muk Burke, © 2000 by the author. Used/reprinted with
permission of the author; “In the Dormitory” from Is that You,
Ruthie? by Ruth Hegarty, © 2003 by the author.
Used/reprinted with permission of the author.
Permanent installation: 8 Chifley Square, Sydney
© 2014 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Brett Boardman