Wergaia Nana’s possum fur apron, it’s binary! 2017

KOUMALATSOS, Kelly (Wergaia/Wemba Wemba)

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KOUMALATSOS, Kelly (Wergaia/Wemba Wemba)


Wergaia Nana’s possum fur apron, it’s binary!

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white ink on tissue paper

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100 x 135 cm

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Purchased, 2018
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
© Courtesy of the artist


Kelly Koumalatsos, Wergaia Nana's possum fur apron, it's binary!, apron, 2017,


In her 2018 solo exhibition, Benim: Cloaked Histories, Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos explored printing techniques using possum fur, woollen blankets and other media. Incorporating historic images of Koorie people from across Victoria wearing possum skin cloaks, the prints present a layered narrative of Koorie heritage, referencing both the pre-contact cloaks worn in the images and the blankets they were replaced with following invasion. Drawing on historic source materials, along with her own family and cultural heritage, Kelly’s practice reveals the hidden legacy of colonisation, and a continuing cultural practice in spite of it.