Black Crow explores ancestral memory and connection to country

The Koorie Heritage Trust is proud to present the first ever exhibition of Narungga and Trawoolwaway artist, Daen Sansbury-Smith. Black Crow is open until Sunday 15 November 2020 at the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Black Crow, is a metaphor for the wise watchful eye of male Aboriginal role models and their key responsibilities within the community. It expands on Sansbury-Smith’s representation of Narungga and Palawa stories, art and culture.

The exhibition explores transference of inherited knowledge, stories and responsibility from a father to his young children. Painting in ochre, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, Sansbury-Smith maps ancestral memory and connection to country, sharing stories of pre-and post-contact Aboriginal history and culture. This mapping draws upon cultural design of huge importance to Sansbury Smith.

"I have painted all my life, and many I have given them to family as gifts, so I’m thrilled to be exhibiting my work for the very first time. Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and extended family, listening and learning. For me, painting is a way to share stories and connect to the old people, to show that there is a continuity of place and a way we can engage in these stories," says Sansbury-Smith.

Black Crow is the second exhibition in 2020 in our Project Gallery. A range of public programs will be announced shortly.

The Koorie Heritage Trust’s Project Gallery operates to showcase new and emerging artists working in a variety of media and disciplines who may not have had the opportunity to exhibit elsewhere.

Because of the lockdown, the Black Crow by Daen Sansbury-Smith exhibition is available for online viewing on the Koorie Heritage Trust website here.


Dates: Fri 10 July - Sun 15 November 2020

Location: Online and Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square

Cost: Free

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