James Henry Merri Creek
CURATED BY KIMBERLEY MOULTON
Initiated in 2001, the Octopus series of exhibitions supports ambitious curatorial practice, through engaging an invited curator annually to develop a project that draws upon their research interests and provides a platform for new forms of exhibition making. In 2018 Gertrude is delighted to be working with Kimberley Moulton, a Yorta Yorta woman, and currently the Senior Curator of South Eastern Aboriginal Collections, Melbourne Museum.
Octopus 2018 will feature female First Nations artists who use written and oral languages to both influence their work and shift the white paradigm of ownership in relation to land, bodies and identity. This exhibition will aim to explore the way in which First Peoples can de–centre the western art canon through the intersection of art practice, language and cultural knowledge and highlight the significant role women play in the assertion of Sovereignty.