Damien Shen (AU)

A Stone from Another Mountain

22 January 2021 - 21 March 2021
Image: Damien Shen, [Know Yourself and You Will Win All Battles], 2019. Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery.

Image: Damien Shen, Know Yourself and You Will Win All Battles, 2019. Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery.


22 January 2021 - 21 March 2021




Benalla Art Gallery [i]
Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla
Daily, 10am - 4.30pm
Closed Tuesdays


Wheelchair access, Accessible Toilets, Accessible Parking

Born from the rich combined heritages of mainland China and the Ngarrindjeri peoples of South Australia, Damien Shen combines drawing with a wet-plate collodion photographic process to explore traditional imagery through a personal, documentary lens.

For this exhibition, an extensive search through archival images of ancient Chinese paintings led Shen to discover that his family name harkens from China’s Song Dynasty period. To create a self portrait that reconciles forgotten ancestry, known heritage, ancient past and immediate present, Shen has put his own likeness over an image of the Emperor on a horse, before placing the figure onto the Coorong (Ngarrindjeri homelands), alongside his immediate Ngarrindjeri family.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March