Affirmation | First Nations Virtual Exhibition

Affirmation | First Nations Virtual ExhibitionAffirmation | First Nations Virtual Exhibition

Free | The Koorie Heritage Trust Online Gallery

29 April - 26 July 2020

Affirmation at the Koorie Heritage Trust explores truth-telling through a First Nations lens.

First Nations people, their stories and images have been obscured and manipulated throughout history. Affirmation empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to tell their own stories, capture their own truths, and express themselves through their own lens.

Bringing together some of Victoria's most exciting multi-disciplinary Indigenous photographers - Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Tashara Roberts (Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta, English and German) and Pierra Van Sparkes (Pibbulman), each artist explores the concept of truth in the context of place, ancestral identity and cultural pride.

Explore the exhibition in our virtual gallery tour and online catalogue below.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our presenting partners: Creative Victoria, Indigenous Visual Artists Industry Support Program and City of Melbourne. We also acknowledge Federation Square for their generous support in assisting us with the creation of our virtual gallery.

Affirmation was originally conceived as the KHT's contribution to PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, which has been postponed and will be presented as PHOTO 2021.

Virtual Gallery Tour

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Exhibiting Artists

Paola Balla is an artist, curator, writer, and lecturer. She is a Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara woman. She is a PhD Candidate at Victoria University where she is the inaugural Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholar (2016-2020). Her practice-led research situates the ways Aboriginal women artists and activists/protectors disrupt artistic terra nullius by speaking back and ‘blak' to patriarchal and colonial narratives. Her work is informed by matriarchy, family, Country, and the lived experiences and relationality of Koorie identity. The works in Affirmation are from Paola's Mok Mok PhD series, produced with the assistance of Anthony Balla (photo shoot collaborator) and Rosie Kalina (make up artist).

Deanne Gilson is a proud Wadawurrung woman of Aboriginal and Australian/English descent. An award-winning multi-media visual artist, with a practice spanning thirty-five years, Deanne is also the daughter of Aunty Marlene Gilson, a painter, with her own award-winning art practice. Deanne is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the objectification of Aboriginal women by the male colonial gaze and how this has affected Aboriginal women and what was known as traditional women's business. Deanne's recent artworks look at the colonial disruption of loss of family, culture, language and traditional women's practices and how this continues to impact Aboriginal women today.

Pierra Van Sparkes is a Kulin country based Pibbulman Noongar artist. Her work is inspired by the shared history, feelings and encounters that shape lived experiences of Aboriginality amidst manifold blak identities. Working with photography, video projection and digital media, Pierra interrogates the mythscapes that inform notions of Indigenous authenticity, settler-colonial supremacy and the modes in which they manifest.

Tashara Roberts is a contemporary Indigenous conceptual artist whose practice includes photography, moving image, installation, mixed media, painting, sculpture and jewellery. She has completed a certificate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Art and a Bachelor of Creative Arts. Tashara's work is sometimes subversive and politically charged; she uses visual culture to explore cultural and societal issues. Her multi-disciplinary practice often explores her Aboriginal heritage and/or shows the viewer what it is like looking at the world through her eyes.

Online Events
Join us via Zoom for two unique free live, online events to experience the stories behind the artworks and artists. Bookings essential.

Wed 13 May at 2-3pm - KHT Virtual Exhibition Tour of Affirmation - A tour by Curatiorial Manager Gail Harradine and CEO Tom Mosby.

Sat 23 May 2020 at 2-5pm - KHT Virtual Artist Talk for Affirmation - Explore the exhibition with Deanne Gilson and Tashara Roberts, moderated by Tom Mosby.

Don't miss this FREE unique opportunity to support our Indigenous artists and learn more about their stories.

❊ When & Where ❊

Date/s: Wednesday 29th April 2020 - Sunday 26th July 2020

❊ Venue ❊

 The Koorie Heritage Trust  Events 1 Events
⊜ Levels 1 & 3, The Yarra Building, Federation Square Melbourne | Map
The Koorie Heritage TrustLevels 1 & 3, The Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne, , 3001
✆ Event: 8622 2600 | Venue: 03 8662 6300

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❊ COVID-19 Notice ❊

Many locations have gone into lockdown as the state takes action to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). This event may be affected. Please confirm details, dates, times and costs before making plans | Disclaimer

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