Bernard Lee Singleton (of Coen, Cape York Peninsula Umpila, Djabuguy, Yirrgay), is a master craftsman, creative designer and curator working in Traditional Knowledge, materials, Dance & Practices, living in Cairns. Singleton grew up in Coen, Cape York. His mother is a Djabuguy woman born in Mona Mona mission near Kuranda and his father is an Umpila (east coast Cape York)/Yirrganydji man from Yarrabah mission.
"An eerie forlorn atmosphere of this place that was bustling with our old people but is now abandoned and quiet. Now remains an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but super empty, so conspicuously absent with only their markings, motifs and objects to be seen."
Bernard Singleton Jr., 'Kenopsia (Large Grindstone)', 2022, local stone, 56 x 76 cmThe artists in this show tell diverse stories from different First Nations cultures across Queensland, celebrating unique identities; owning the past to forge the future. REPATRIATE is curated by Darren Blackman and will premiere at NorthSite Contemporary Arts in June 2022, as part of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2022.