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Seen and Unseen


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Seen and Unseen

7 Aug 2021 - 21 Nov 2021

Seen and Unseen explores and extends on the work of trailblazing Koorie artists practising in the 1990s and their ongoing influence. Using the 1993 exhibition Can’t See for Lookin – Koorie Women Artists Educating shown at the National Gallery of Victoria, Seen and Unseen reflects on the impact of these artists and how their voices have influenced Koorie artists today. In particular, Can’t See for Lookin emphasised the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women artists maintaining stories and art practices of cultural significance throughout Victoria. Conceived by respected artist and designer Maree Clarke (Yorta Yorta, Wamba Wamba, Mutti Mutti, Boonwurrung) and her late brother Peter Clarke, Can’t See for Lookin brought together 12 women artists living in Victoria and reflected the collaborative, cross-cultural working relationships that could enable South East Australian First Nation’s histories to reach a broad and diverse audience.

Seen and Unseen features works from the KHT’s collection including artworks/artists that were collected by the KHT from the Can’t See for Lookin exhibition, as well as loans, archival material and oral history recordings.

Seen and Unseen recognises that the identities of our First Nations artists practising in Victoria continues to be strong, resilient, significant and original.

Featured artists: Maree Clarke; the late Ellen Jose; Aunty Rachel Mullett; the late Aunty Connie Alberts Hart; Lisa Kennedy; Donna Leslie; Dr Treahna Hamm; Karen Casey; Sonja Hodge; Gayle Maddigan; the late Lin Onus; Ray Thomas; Lyn Thorpe; the late Les Griggs; Vicki Couzens; the late Len Tregonning; James Henry; Kent Morris; Sandra Aitken.

Image: Rachel Mullett (Monero) Metung c. 1990 acrylic on canvas 76 x 101 cm Purchased 1990 AH 02292

Gallery Details

Koorie Heritage Trust 
Levels 1 & 3
Yarra Building
Federation Square

Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne VIC 3000
T: (03) 8662 6300
E: info@koorieheritagetrust.com.au
W: koorieheritagetrust.com.au

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.