Future River: When the past flows (Indoors)

03 February - 28 April
PHOTO2024-Maree Clarke-Future River

Image: Maree Clarke, The Long Journey Home 2, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery.

Breaking through centuries of concrete to rediscover the stories that flow beneath.


03 February - 28 April


Counihan Gallery [i]
Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Wed – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Sun, 1pm – 5pm


Indigenous Futures


Wheelchair access



Underneath each building or stretch of asphalt there are deep layers of meaning and history. Beneath the concrete there are countless stories not memorialized. Future River: When the past flows examines the Indigenous understanding that cities are obfuscations of what is—that monuments conceal the past.

Under our cities, the rivers and creeks still flow, and with them the Indigenous narratives of the past that will naturally become future rivers. Though we may try to cage and redirect the flow of water using concrete, the waterways will inevitably run their own course.

This exhibition re-images and re-memorialises what lies beneath the concrete slab—thousands of years of story and life obscured. This exhibition draws attention to the role of the city as a besiegement, and how, through artistic intervention, we can allow the past to flow into the future once more.

Curated by Kimba Thompson Presented in partnership with Blak Dot Gallery

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  • Kimba Thompson

    Kimba Thompson (Wiradjuri) is the director and founder of Blak Dot Gallery (2011), a non-for-profit artist-run space that showcases contemporary Indigenous and traditional artworks from world Indigenous cultures. Kimba is an established filmmaker, director, freelance producer, and curator. She has always worked on a diverse range of projects, which focus primarily on the use of storytelling as a vehicle to promote Aboriginal art and culture within Australian. Kimba currently uses her lived experience to train and mentor emerging Indigenous curators and continually supports artist at all stages of their creative practice.


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