The Koorie Heritage Trust is proud to present the first ever exhibition of Narungga and Trawoolwaway artist Daen Sansbury-Smith. Black Crow opened Friday 10 July until Sunday 15 November 2020 at the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Black Crow is a metaphor for the wise watchful eye of male Aboriginal role models and their key responsibilities within the community.
Black Crow expands on Sansbury-Smith's representation of Narungga and Palawa stories, art and culture.
The exhibition explores transference of inherited knowledge, stories and responsibility from a father to his young children. Through ochre, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, Sansbury-Smith maps Ancestral memory and connection to country, sharing stories of pre-and post-contact Aboriginal history and culture. This mapping draws upon cultural design of huge importance to Sansbury Smith.
"I have painted all my life, and many I have given them to family as gifts, so I'm thrilled to be exhibiting my work for the very first time. Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and extended family, listening and learning. For me, painting is a way to share stories and connect to the old people, to show that there is a continuity of place and a way we can engage in these stories'', says Sansbury-Smith.
Black Crow is the second exhibition for 2020 in our Project Gallery.
The Koorie Heritage Trust is proud to acknowledge exhibition partners Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and the Indigenous Visual Arts and Industry Support Program.
Black Crow by Daen Sansbury-Smith opened Friday 10 July until Sunday 15 November 2020 in the Project Gallery at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square. www.koorieheritagetrust.com.au