Bronwyn Razem (Gunditjmara)
Bronwyn was born in Gunditjmara Country, Warrnambool and comes from a long lineage of Traditional weavers. Bronwyn learned from her grandmother Georgina and mother Zelda Couzens.
Bronwyn has played a vital role in the revival of the Traditional eel trap. In 2013, her eel trap with emu feathers granted her the Acquisitive Award in the Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards. Bronwyn Razem’s work is held in private and public collections in Australia including the National Museum Australia and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
As a representative of Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini’s—four of Victoria’s most prominent Indigenous female artists—Bronwyn was selected to attend the Festival of Pacific Arts in 2016.
A highlight in her career marked exhibiting with two of her eel traps alongside artists such as Vicki Couzens, Glenda Nicholls and Maree Clarke in the 2017 Sovereignty exhibition at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne.
Through her work, Bronwyn acknowledges the importance of maintaining the cultural knowledge behind the weaving and the role this played in times past. Teaching traditional weaving techniques asserts the strength of this cultural practice that was utilised for every day life.
Bronwyn runs workshops that reconnect Aboriginal people with their culture and strengthening their identities, encouraging awareness and cultural value of Aboriginal people within the general public and educational institutions.