Event status:
29 April - 15 November 2020





Affirmation at the Koorie Heritage Trust explores truth-telling through a First Nations lens.

First Nations people, their stories and images have been obscured and manipulated throughout history. Affirmation empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to tell their own stories, capture their own truths, and express themselves through their own lens.

Bringing together some of Victoria’s most exciting multi-disciplinary Indigenous photographers – Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Tashara Roberts (Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta, English and German) and Pierra Van Sparkes (Pibbulman), each artist explores the concept of truth in the context of place, ancestral identity and cultural pride.

Explore the exhibition in our virtual gallery tour and online catalogue below.

All works in the exhibition are available for sale. A price list will be available online shortly.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our presenting partners: Creative Victoria, Indigenous Visual Artists Industry Support Program and City of Melbourne. We also acknowledge Federation Square for their generous support in assisting us with the creation of our virtual gallery.

Affirmation was originally conceived as the KHT’s contribution to PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, which has been postponed and will be presented as PHOTO 2021.

Virtual Exhibition

Explore the AFFIRMATION  exhibition through a Virtual Exhibition Gallery,  Virtual Exhibition Tour guided by Koorie Heritage Trust CEO Tom Mosby, and Artist Q&A.


Exhibition Catalogue

Click the image to download the AFFIRMATION catalogue.

Exhibiting Artists

Visit the pages linked below more information about the artists and to watch virtual tours of their individual contributions to AFFIRMATION.


Deanne Gilson

Deanne Gilson

Deanne Gilson


Paola Balla

Paola Balla 


Pierra Van Sparkes

Pierra Van Sparkes

Pierra Van Sparkes


Tashara Roberts.

Tashara Roberts