'Affirmation' explores truth-telling through a First Nations lens

Pictured: Paola Balla, 'The Mok Mok Cooking Show 2' (2016)

Coming out of a history that has often been obscured and manipulated throughout history, the Koorie Heritage Trust is hosting a major online exhibition that explores truth-telling through a First Nations lens. Titled, Affirmation, the exhibition opened Wednesday 29 April and is on till Sunday 26 July 2020.

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 and Pierra Van Sparkes (Pibbulman), each artist will explore the concept of truth in the context of place, ancestral identity and cultural pride.

Along with the online video exhibition, the Affirmation catalogue is also available online.

The exhibition will also host a free live zoom exhibition tour on Wednesday 13 May, 2pm with Gail Harradine, Curatorial Manager and Tom Mosby CEO. Koorie Heritage Trust will also be hosting a free zoom artist panel discussion on Saturday 23 May, 2pm.

The Koorie Heritage Trust is proud to acknowledge exhibition partners Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and the Indigenous Visual Arts and Industry Support Program.

Embrace the new online exhibition world and catch Affirmation, with two online live events on Zoom!


Dates: Wednesday 29 April - Sunday 26 July 2020

Admission: Free

Live Online Tour: Wednesday 13 May, 2pm

Live Online Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday 23 May, 2pm

View online here

Koorie Heritage Website