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Blak Design Matters

The first national survey of Australia's most innovative and powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design.
By Libby Curran
July 09, 2018
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Blak Design Matters

The first national survey of Australia's most innovative and powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design.
By Libby Curran
July 09, 2018
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This July, a groundbreaking exhibition will kick off at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square, with the main aim of smashing preconceptions of Indigenous design. Titled Blak Design Matters and curated by award-winning architect Jefa Greenaway, it'll be the first national survey of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design, showcasing talent from across the country.

Exploring everything from architecture and town planning, to interior and product design, the exhibition's out to celebrate Indigenous design within a contemporary context, instead of reinforcing the usual link to long-held traditions and eras past. It'll look at how Aboriginal-led design remains innovative, creative and contemporary, while still balancing a respect for history.

On show will be a diverse spread of work, including jewellery from Maree Clarke, Haus of Dizzy and Grace Lillian Lee, graphic design from Balarinji Designs, Marcus Lee Designs and Galimbaa Designs, and fashion pieces by the likes of Lyn-Al Young and Teagan Cowlishaw's AARLI.

"Think of the potential to appropriately and sensitively reference the depth of history that this country too often conceals," said Greenaway. "Indigenous-led design and designers have the tools to give voice to many compelling narratives that our rich culture holds".

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