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Paola Balla and Tashara Roberts are exhibiting in the Koorie Heritage Trust exhibition Affirmation until 23 August 2020 – part of PHOTO 2021’s expanded program.
Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara woman, visual artist, curator, writer, lecturer and PhD candidate. Her art and research focuses on black women’s art and activism, and its role in disrupting patriarchal and colonial dominant narratives and spaces. Paola utilises photography as sovereign act, in both process and outcome for expressing blak matriarchy and First Nations ways of ‘being, knowing and doing.’
Tashara Roberts is a contemporary Indigenous conceptual artist and a Dja Dja Wurrung/Yorta Yorta woman. Tashara works as an Indigenous photo-media artist, whose practice includes photography, moving image, installation, mixed media, painting, sculpture and jewellery. Sometimes subversive and politically charged, Tashara’s practice often explores her Aboriginal heritage and/or shows the viewer what it is like looking at the world through her eyes.
Thanks to Photo 2021
PAOLA BALLA Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara The Mok Mok Cooking Show II, 2016 Digital pigment print on 188gsm Photorag 710 x 960 mm (unframed)