KENT MORRIS: Unvanished

26 March to 16 May 2021

Unvanished is a series of digitally constructed photographs by contemporary Melbourne-based Barkindji artist Kent Morris.

The past is all about us and within – Oodgeroo Noonuccal

“Layered with symbolism evoking the spirits and cultural practices of his Ancestors while critiquing the imposition of buildings on Aboriginal land, Kent Morris’ works create a First Peoples’ visibility within the harsh landscape of the built environment and are carefully considered studies of his Barkindji country and the country of others where he lives, works and travels…

In his series Unvanished (2017), Kent reminds people that there is a continuum of culture that does not stop when the land changes. It is present and ongoing, and through his view we are privileged to see the world through Barkindji eyes. The geometric markers of identity from south-eastern Australia form a hypnotic movement in the mirrored photographs of his works. These designs refer to our customary practices and are a clear statement of Sovereign presence…

Kent sees beyond the built environment, using it and reshaping it to highlight our culture and our history which are often visually absent in the landscape. Strong in life and culture, Unvanished boldly states we are still here.” – excerpts from Seeing Beyond The Bricks, We Are Still Here, an exhibition essay by Kimberly Moulton, Yorta Yorta

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Main image: Kent Morris, Boon Wurrung (St Kilda) Crow 2017, archival print on rag paper, 155 x 105cm, edition 5 +2AP. Courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery.