Old ways, new ways

2 April 2022 - 26 June 2022

Image: Damien Shen, Dorsal aspect of a male from the series On the fabric of the Ngarrindjeri body – volume II, 2014. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery, Melbourne.


2 April 2022 - 26 June 2022


Monash Gallery of Art [i]
860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill
Tue – Fri, 10am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm



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Photography can be a container, a mouthpiece, a medium of record and a tool for considering and enlivening the ways of the past through the eyes of the present. In Old ways, new ways, works from three collections sit together to consider the ways that First Nations photography makes links between times gone by and the present, placing traditions within contemporary practice, speaking (sometimes singing, sometimes performing, at times shouting) across generations and through passages of time.

Human experience is shaped by what comes before it. Through various approaches—from documentation of protests and ceremonies, to conceptual and performative photography—each photographer exhibiting in Old ways, new ways has co-opted the camera to test what this means to them.

Works are drawn from the collections of the Monash Gallery of Art, the City of Monash, the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Please note this exhibition contains images of deceased people

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