Acclaimed artist visit Caroline Springs to explore Aboriginal identity

Published on 29 June 2017

As part of the City of Melton’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, art lovers from near and far are invited to attend a special launch of an exhibition of photographs and lithographs by acclaimed Australian artist, Damien Shen, on Friday 7 July, 6.30pm, at CS Gallery, Caroline Springs. 

The exhibition, titled On the Fabric Ngarrindjeri Body – Volume II, has been organised by Melton City Council and [MARS] Gallery and will be on display until 23 July 2017.

Damien Shen is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri and Chinese bloodlines whose artistic practice is embedded in histories, revisiting the people, places and stories that shape the world he occupies. 

City of Melton Mayor, Cr Sophie Ramsey, said she was overjoyed and overwhelmed with the quality of Shen’s work. 

“This is a beautifully presented exhibition and really highlights our city’s capacity to present top class arts experiences.”

“Damien Shen is a masterful artist, and it’s particularly fitting that we present an exhibition exploring and celebrating Aboriginal identity and culture during NAIDOC Week 2017. I’d strongly encourage residents to visit the exhibition, and also to attend the launch in order to meet the artist.”

Of this exhibition, Shen explained, “Through a series of studio made photographs in collaboration with Richard Lyons (born 1967), I have simultaneously explored both a genuine documentation of my Aboriginal identity and the objectification of my culture through studio ‘vintage style’ portraits.”

“After talking about past times with Ngarrindjeri elder, my Uncle Moogy (Major Sumner), we photographed a number of the candid ‘behind the scenes’ shots with him to show the juxtaposition between the ‘Cultural Hero shot’ and the continued fight to keep our culture alive within a man-made setting. This was the first time that I personally had been painted up in the Ngarrindjeri way.”

Damien Shen will be visiting CS Gallery for the launch event, and holding an artist talk about his works, allowing the community to hear directly from the artist.


Location: CS Gallery @ Caroline Spring Library 193 Caroline Springs Boulevard

Dates: Friday 16 June until Sunday 23 July 2017


Monday and Wednesday: 8am – 8.30pm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8am – 5.30pm

Saturday: 10am – 1pm

Sunday: 1pm – 4pm