Telling Our Story – Damien Shen and Richard Lyons

This photographic series was acquired in 2015 and forms part of Adelaide Festival Centre Works of Art Collection.

21 May - 3 June 2018

Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, plus during performance times.

Festival Theatre Foyer

In this series of studio photographs, made in collaboration with photographer Richard Lyons, Damian Shen simultaneously explores a documentation of his Aboriginal identity and the objectification of his culture through “vintage-style” studio portraits.

After talking about past times with Ngarrindjeri elder Uncle Moogy (Major Sumner), the artists photographed a number of candid behind the scenes shots that aim to juxtapose the Cultural Hero shot with the continued fight to keep Indigenous culture alive within an artificial setting.

This photographic series was acquired in 2015 and forms part of Adelaide Festival Centre Works of Art Collection.

Image credit: Damien Shen and Richard Lyons, On the Fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body – Volume Two, Set of 12 photographic prints on German etching paper, 2014