As part of Melbourne Design Week, we present a curator-led tour of the exhibition “Blak Jewellery – Finding Past · Linking Present” – a contemporary jewellery design exhibition by 11 Victorian First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants from the inaugural year of the KHT’s Blak Design Program. This exhibition, and the program it springs from, continue the discourse surrounding the promotion of First Nations designs, and encourages non-Indigenous interest in the principles of Blak design that KHT had previously explored. It asks key questions: What is Blak design? Who decides what Blak design is? How are these designs perceived without diminishing their integrity? The tour will explore the tangible outcomes of interrogating these questions by way of 11 distinct practices which reflect and connect with Country and culture.
Speakers: Gail Harradine, Curatorial Manager KHT, Travis Curtin, Curator KHT, Pierra Van Sparkes, Curatorial Assistant KHT
This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
We acknowledge the generous support of our public programming partners: Viva Energy Australia and Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and Family.
Lisa Waup (Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander) Our Way - bracelet, neckpiece and earrings 2021 Reflective Aluminium, Oxidised Sterling Silver, Sprung Steel, Rubber, Adhesive Collection of the Artist Photographer Fred Kroh