BENIM: CLOAKED HISTORIES

Kelly Koumalatsos (Wergaia/Wemba Wemba) Portrait of a woman with her possum skin cloak from the Yarra River 1870, 2014, screenprint on fabric with blanket. Collection of the artist.

A solo exhibition by Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist, Kelly Koumalatsos.

In Gallery 2, Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos explores printing techniques using possum fur, woolen blankets and other media. Incorporating historic images of Koorie people from across Victoria wearing possum skin cloaks, the prints present a layered narrative of Koorie heritage, referencing both the pre-contact cloaks worn in the images and the blankets they were replaced with during colonisation. Drawing on historic source materials, along with her own family and cultural heritage, Kelly’s practice reveals the hidden legacy of colonisation, and a continuing cultural practice in spite of it.

Click here to watch a short film of Kelly sharing stories about her practice and the works in this exhibition.

  • 10 March – 27 May 2018
  • Gallery 2, Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building,
  • Federation Square, Melbourne.