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Next Matriarch Exhibition 2018

Next Matriarch carries a conversation between First Nations female artists and artworks, from ancestral healing and the dystopia of modern society, to the language of pop culture and the Sovereign female body as a carrier of children, resilience and knowledge at the Koorie Heritage Trust. 

‘’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 Tom Mosby, CEO, Koorie Heritage Trust.

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.

Highlights include Hannah Brontë’s fierce new rap music video, Umma’s Tongue-molten at 6000˚, visualising environmental destruction in relation to the female black body; 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, which considers the body as the ultimate archive to probe the idea of what it means to prove cultural authenticity through the dance floor or performative space.  

“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. 

Established in 1985, the Koorie Heritage Trust is a bold and innovative not-for-profit arts and cultural organization.  Aboriginal owned and managed, the Koorie Heritage Trust provides opportunities for all people to learn, connect and re-connect with the rich living cultural heritage of Aboriginal Victoria originating from a 60,000-year-old history.

Next Matriarch at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square opening Saturday 2 June until Friday 13 July 2018.  Free entry

Photo credit: Hannah Bronte, Welcome to the muvva, 2017

When: 2 June ~ 13 July 2018
Where: Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square
More information: visit their website.