Ancestral Memory

6 May - 11 October 2019
Treasury, Ground Level

Presented by Old Quad
Artist and curator: Maree Clark
Creative consultant: Jefa Greenaway
Project curators: Samantha Comte and Jacqueline Doughty

Ancestral Memory told the story of water on the lands of the Kulin Nation. Diving into the history of Old Quad’s location, the Kulin Nation, cultural advisor Jefa Greenaway says, ‘[w]hat transpired from this research was that the story of water has always been and continues to be very important to this place. It is a story that traverses the campus.’ A powerful demonstration of resilience, Clarke’s Ancestral Memory launched the Old Quad into its next chapter while keeping a firm grasp on the past.

Maree Clarke is a Mutti Mutti/Wemba Wemba/Yorta Yorta/Boon Wurrung artist. A renowned cultural ‘revivifier’, Clarke has been active in reclaiming the visual/material culture of her Ancestors and re-thinking this in line with her lived experiences as a contemporary southeast Australian Aboriginal artist.