They Shield Us

From emu feather skirts and headbands to possum skin cloaks and kangaroo tooth necklaces, the Koorie Heritage Trust Collection includes a wide range of contemporary and historic wearables; each woven, stitched, painted and sewn with cultural narrative. ‘They Shield Us’ draws on this body of items, on display with newly commissioned works and an immersive wallpaper installation of models wearing works of both past and new; demonstrating how acts of creating, sharing and wearing shape the identities of First Nation women.

Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Garter on left in background and Stiletto shoes on right in the foreground, They Shield Us installation view. Photograph: Christian Capurro. Courtesy the artist and Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne

Koorie Heritage Trust
Until 29 September 2019
Melbourne