Helah is Palyku woman (East Pilbara), living in the Walyalup region of WA. Her work utilizes feminist and first nations epistemologies to explore her interest in existential philosophy, theology, personal transformation, and the intersection of art, science and technology. With a particular, focus on overcoming the fear of death, non-violence, and fostering the right relationship between human and non-human worlds. Her engagement with ritual performance began with her first exhibit ‘Deciding Unity’, at Gomboc Gallery in 2004 (see video image). This exhibit was the outcome of her experimental approach which she now refers to as ‘Bookmarking’. More recently, she has been co- devising a ritual performance methodology for transmuting trauma in the body and a site (see ‘The Reckoning’ in video). After years of experimental engagement with the ‘unknown’ through various artistic mediums and academic explorations, Helah would like to develop the ‘Bookmarking’ method to be shared with other dance/movement practitioners.

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