Keemon Williams is a queer interdisciplinary Meanjin (Brisbane) based artist of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mir descent. He utilizes a diverse range of mediums and performative elements to interrogate the relationships between location, personal histories and the manifestation of culture in a postcolonial world. His practice seeks to critically examine facets of his identity and its intrinsic tethering to the wider context of being “Australian.” Responding to realms of architecture, cultural production and psuedo-ethnic representations, Keemon reconciles a sense of indigeneity and occupancy within the everyday.
Studying a Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) at Queensland University of Technology, Keemon developed a spatial practice rooted in the interwoven conflicts of cultural and personal history, as seen from within our daily spaces. From domestic architecture to public interventions in situ, these sculptural installations highlight the ever-present yet invisible struggles of identity.
Keemon is a co-founder of ANTHEM ARI, an artist collective run out of the Meanjin area, dedicated to the celebration and elevation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) voices in the local and broader community.
With members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, ANTHEM seeks to facilitate emerging practitioners and form a peer to peer network for the essential representation of race in contemporary Australian art.