Daniele Hromek is a lecturer at the School of Design, in the Interdisciplinary Design team. She is considering how to decolonise and Indigenise the curricula by creating spaces to substantially affect Indigenous rights and culture within the institution of the university.
After 12 years living abroad working in fashion, styling, photography and people/project management, Daniele returned to Sydney in 2011 to complete an undergraduate degree in Interior and Spatial Design with a Performance major at University of Technology Sydney.
Her research contributes an understanding of the Indigenous experience and comprehension of space, and investigates how Aboriginal people occupy, use, narrate, sense, Dream and contest their space. It considers the traumas affected to land, places, spaces and, by extension, to Indigenous peoples by the consequences of invasion and colonisation. It questions how, through decolonisation, space can be re-Indigenised, and rethinks the 'values' that inform Aboriginal understandings of space through Indigenous spatial knowledge. It offers a reconstruction, reinterpretation, retranslation and reclamation of Aboriginal experiences of space, in doing so considering the sustainability of Indigenous cultures from a spatial perspective.
Daniele is also a spatial designer and artist, fusing design elements with installations and sculptural form. As an Aboriginal designer her work derives from her cultural and experiential heritage. Her work often considers the urban Aboriginal condition, the Indigenous experience of Country and contemporary Indigenous identities.
Daniele Hromek is a proud Saltwater woman, born on Gadigal lands, brought up in Bundjalung region, with ancestral roots in the Budawang tribe of the Yuin nation.
Decolonisation and Indigenisation of space
Spatial identity and stories
Indigenous experience of Country
Interdisciplinary Design Studies
Indigenous space, place and Country
Design with Indigenous communities