Genevieve Grieves, Lament, 2013, still taken from film. (Image courtesy of the artist)

Hosting three exhibitions during Melbourne Fashion Week, the Koorie Hertiage Trust will be exhibiting:They Shield Us, Memory Mixtape and Land Currents from Saturday, 3 August to Sunday 29 September 2019.

They Shield Us is an exhibition that draws on the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Collection along with newly commissioned works by artists - Djirri Djirri Dance Group, Isobel Morphy-Walsh, Laura Thompson, Lisa Waup, Marilyne Nicholls and Yaraan Bundle. 

Featuring emu feather skirts and headbands, to possum skin cloaks and kangaroo tooth necklaces, the Trust's Collection includes a vast array of wearable contemporary and historic jewellery, clothing and body adornments. The exhibition explores how the acts of creating, sharing and wearing, reflects the strength and resilience in individual identities as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. 

They Shield Us has been curated by Kate ten Buuren and Moorina Bonini.

The second exhibition, Memory Mixtape, Neika Lehman (trawlwoolway) curates a line-up of films that emphasise one of Blak cinema’s strongest joining links: memory. Memory Mixtape focuses on films that contest official histories, celebrate ancestral embodiment, and are documents for change. Blak cinema is used as evidence for land rights claims, royal commissions and is often the mouthpiece for historical truths colonial Australia tries to forget. The third exhibition, Land Currents is a collection of digital prints on paper by Taungurung artist/designer Maddi Moser.

Georgia King, Grace Power and Rebekah Lasky (Photo: Michael Jalaru Photography)

In this exhibition, Moser conveys her love of Country by expressing that “land is something we share, not something we can own.”

Land Currents focuses on the land and how it ties the artist to her Taungurung culture. By digitally altering photographs, Moser explores how the natural world connects all people by visually representing the energy that exists in the earth, creating a multitude of connections across land and water.

Maddi Moser is a Taungurung photographer and designer based in Wodonga. She uses her digital skills to create vivid mixed-media artworks that acknowledge traditional Aboriginal elements through a contemporary perspective. Maddi’s work is concerned with themes around the environment, her culture and language.

Catch all three exhibitions, They Shield Us, Memory Mixtape and Land Currents at the Koorie Heritage Trust this August and September!


Dates: 3 August - 29 September 2019

Location: Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square Cost: Free Admission

Koorie Heritage Trust Website