PEERT KOOROOK - Guardian of Womens Country by Vicki Couzens
Vicki Couzens, 'PEERT KOOROOK – Guardian of Womens Country' (courtesy of the artist)

Presented by ACMI

Shadow Spirit: Protecting Country and Blak Ecofeminism


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Fri 9 Jun 2023

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Join Shadow Spirit artists and curator Kimberley Moulton, as they discuss the development of their new works and the linking theme of ecofeminism from a Sovereign woman perspective that they share.

Hear from the artists of Shadow Spirit and the way in which they responded to the themes, developed their work and expanded ambitious ideas. This session will focus on the underlying themes of ecofeminism from a Sovereign woman perspective and the systems of knowledge explored through the works.

Event duration

60 mins


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Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Karla Dickens - courtesy of the artist

Karla Dickens (NSW)


A careful collector of racially and sexually charged memorabilia, and other found objects, Karla Dickens is a caretaker over material cultures that haunt. Primarily her works investigate her own intersected identities of being Aboriginal, gay and a single mother.

Paola Balla - image credit Connor Tomas O'Brien

Dr Paola Balla (VIC)

Wemba Wemba / Gunditjmara ​

Dr Paola Balla is a Wemba Wemba and Gunditjmara woman and acclaimed artist, writer curator and educator. She focuses on Aboriginal women's stories and resistance with a visual practice, encapsulating research, art, memory and narrative realms. Her work centres Aboriginal women’s voices, activism, Sovereignty, and matriarchy and First Nations ways of being, knowing and doing.

Dr Vicki Couzens - courtesy of the artist

Dr Vicki Couzens (VIC)

Keerray Wooroong / Gunditjmara ​

Vicki Couzens is a distinguished Victorian Aboriginal artist with a creative cultural expression that includes painting, installation, visual arts, printmaking, mixed media, performing arts, language, ceremony and teaching. She is best known for her central role in the revival of the possum skin cloak making tradition which began in Victoria and is now established across south-eastern Australia. Vicki has worked in the Aboriginal community for more than 40 years and has played a significant role in not only cultural revival but also in language research and revival and has collaboration and cultural knowledge at the core of her practice.

Shadow Spirit - In Conversation | RISING 2023 Thu 8 - Fri 9 Jun

Shadow Spirit

Curated by Kimberley Moulton

A new First Peoples exhibition in Flinders Street Station’s abandoned rooms. Be immersed in Ancestral systems of knowledge. Traverse time and celestial worlds. Reflect on the shadows of Australia’s history.

Kimberley Moulton

Kimberley Moulton

Senior Curator and writer Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta woman who grew up in Shepparton, Victoria. She is an Artistic Associate at RISING and a Senior Curator, First Peoples at Museums Victoria. Kimberley works with knowledge, histories and futures at the intersection of First Peoples historical collections and contemporary art. Her practice works to extend the paradigm of what exhibitions and research in and out of institutions can be for First Peoples communities in Australia and globally.

Photographer: Eugene Hyland

Shadow Spirit is presented by Metro Trains Melbourne and supported by The Besen Family Foundation, The Robert Salzer Foundation, Canny Quine Foundation, Dashiell Gantner and Anna Foley, The Dara Foundation and Gordon Darling Foundation.

Shadow Spirit is commissioned and produced by RISING.

Co-commissioned by Illuminate Adelaide

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