Octopus 18: Mother Tongue

Initiated in 2001, the Octopus exhibition series of 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, Kimberley Moulton, a Yorta Yorta woman, and currently the Senior Curator of South Eastern Aboriginal Collections, Melbourne Museum, curates ‘Mother Tongue’; featuring six female First Nations artists that speak to forms of language and the modes it manifests, shifting the white paradigm of ownership in relation to land, bodies, and identity.

Artists include: Joi Arcand (Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Canada), Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Kirsten Lyttle ( Waikato, Tainui A Whiro, Ngaati Tahinga, NZ – Melbourne based), Vicki Couzens (Kirrae Wurrong), Lisa Hilli (Makurategete Vunatarai (clan) Tolai / Gunantuna people of Papua New Guinea) and Nakia Cadd (Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, DjaDja Wurrung and Bunitj).

Octopus 18: Mother Tongue, installation view at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. Photograph: Cristo Crocker

Gertrude Contemporary
17 August to 22 September, 2018