Presented by Institutes of Modern Art (IMA)
Hannah Brontë’s recent video work Umma’s Tongue–molten at 6000° pairs the female black body with panoramic images of mining and natural destruction. As the artist describes it: “If mother earth were a rapper then this is her new music video”. The word umma, or mother, repeated by a cast of Indigenous female rappers calls up the matriarchal figure of nature in resistance to a dystopian landscape of human industry. Entwining the women’s words with Mother Nature’s tongue, Brontë voices her warning— ‘don’t make umma have to clap back’.