Trevor Jamieson In Conversation with Bina Paul
“Art in Australia is still under colonial influence”, Trevor Jamieson opined in today’s In Conversation with Bina Paul.
Often mistaken as an Indian, perhaps for his ‘appearance’ (he shares his experience of how people talk to him in Malayalam and Tamil), the Australian indigenous actor and theatre- person Trevor Jamieson finds similarities between Indian culture and the aboriginal culture in western Australia. Trevor, a noted theatre person and film actor, has acted in films and T.V. shows like Rabbit Proof Fence, Lockie Leonard , and Boys in the Trees. Trevor and his team were supposed to perform at the inaugural ceremony of IFFK 2017, which was cancelled in view of cyclone Okhi.
For Trevor Jamieson, art is a vehicle for the tradition and experiences of the indigenous people. He believes that for an artist like him, working with the local community is important as it helps one to transfer knowledge from one generation to the next. Though he is also a film actor, Trevor Jamieson stresses his love for theatre, which he believes helps him make a change.
As is the case with most people of post-colonial countries, artists in his land also feel the constant need to get appreciation from the colonizer, he points out. He sees technology and various forms of music like hip hop as instrumental in keeping the indigenous tradition vibrant. True to his self as a performing artist, Trevor was only too happy to sing a song in his indigenous language at the end, as per the request of the audience.