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Damien Shen | On the Fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body - Volume II


Dates: Friday 16 June to Sunday 23 July 2017

Damien Shen is a South Australian artist of Ngarrindjeri and Chinese bloodlines. His artistic practice is embedded in histories; revisiting the people, places and stories that shape the world he occupies. Through this body of work, a collaborative series with photographer Richard Lyons, Shen draws on this rich cultural heritage to create works of cultural and personal meaning.

Shen acquired knowledge of traditional Ngarrindjeri body designs from his uncle, Ngarrindjeri elder, Uncle Moogy (Major Sumner). The photographic documentation of this event has great signifi­cance for the wider community’s understanding of Ngarrindjeri culture; time has elapsed since the body painting shown here had been practiced, but the revival will ensure that is will remain and continue to be passed down future generations.

This exhibition is presented as part of Melton City Council's program of events for NAIDOC Week 2017. 

Exhibition to be officially opened by:
Cr Sophie Ramsey
Mayor of the City of Melton
6.30pm Friday 7 July 2017

To be immediately followed by an artist talk by:
Damien Shen

This event is free to attend, all welcome. To RSVP for the launch and artist talk, visit:

Damien Shen, Ventral aspect of two males [detail] 2014, Photograph on 310gsm German etching paper, 59.4 x 42 cm.
Image credit: Richard Lyons and Damien Shen


Event starts
Friday 30 June, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 23 July, 2017
CS Gallery
Venue Address
193 Caroline Springs Boulevard, Caroline Springs VIC 3023

Melbourne, Melton

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