A new display at the Koorie Heritage Trust examines the sovereign female voice in a group exhibition titled, Next Matriarch.

‘’We are delighted to be presenting Next Matriarch, as part of our activities for Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week. This year, NAIDOC’s theme Because of her we can - celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation,’’ says Koorie Heritage Trust CEO Tom Mosby.

Looking at the topics between First Nations female artists and artworks, Next Matriarch discusses issues like ancestral healing and the dystopia of modern society and pop culture to the sovereign female body as a carrier of children, resilience and knowledge, the show is on from 2 June to 13 July 2018.

Next Matriarch calls on the strength of First Nations women past, present and future and presents new and recent photography, painting, video and installation works by seven leading First Nations female artists from across Australia: Paola Balla, Ali Gumillya Baker, Hannah Brontë, Miriam Charlie, Amrita Hepi, Nicole Monks and Kaylene Whiskey.

Next Matriarch has been co-curated by Kimberley Moulton, Yorta Yorta Curator and Senior Curator South Eastern Aboriginal Collections, Museums Victoria and Liz Nowell, CEO ACE Open.

“This exhibition is about strength, sisterhood and the integral role that these artists have in contemporary art in Australia. The works in Next Matriarch speak to the Sovereign authority that female First Peoples have in community, healing and in activism. The artists share lived experiences grounded in their culture and community but also look forward and construct future imaginings of the Blak Matriarchal space. This exhibition is both an ode to sisterhood, those who have come before and a message for the future female,” said co-curator Kimberley Moulton.

Highlights include Hannah Brontë’s fierce new rap music video, Nicole Monks’ powerful threechannel video self-portrait, Mother; Kaylene Whiskey’s playful paintings that reimagine super heroes and pop idols in remote desert community landscapes; and dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi’s large scale installation Dance Rites, among many other pieces.

A unique exhibition, see the Next Matriarch on until the 13th of July.


Location: Koorie Heritage Trust – Federation Square, corner of Flinders St and Swanston St, Melbourne

Dates: 2 June – 13 July 2018

Times: 10am – 5pm daily

Cost: Free Admission

Koorie Heritage Website

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