Benim: Cloaked History

Benim: Cloaked History

Event status:
10 March – 27 May 2018



Yarra Building
Federation Square

Benim: Cloaked History

A solo exhibition by Wergaia and Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos.

In this exhibition, Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos explores printing techniques using possum fur, woollen 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.

Watch  Kelly sharing stories about her practice and the works in this exhibition.