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Still here

Josh Muir with Ample Projects

7PM 'til 7AM

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Southern Lights

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NGV façade

National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road

Time

7PM 'til 7AM

Still here

Josh Muir with Ample Projects

7PM 'til 7AM


‘I am a proud Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara man, born and living in Ballarat, Victoria. I hold my culture strong to my heart – it gives me a voice and a great sense of my identity. When I look around, I see empires built on aboriginal land. I cannot physically change or shift this, though I can make the most of my culture in a contemporary setting and use my art projects to address current issues of reconciliation.

Still Here tells the story of Aboriginal people in Victoria before and since white settlement. The appearance of white men on our land meant that our life would never be the same again. Life has changed, we have struggled, been treated badly. But we are still here – and growing stronger with each generation.

This is our story, a story of unity and survival.’

Still Here tells the story of pre settlement on country progressing through to the arrival of European settlers – a very confusing moment in history in skin variation, where the lack of cultural understanding led to mistreatment.

With his imagery, artist Josh Muir encourages forgiveness and pays respect to and acknowledges the past.

At the end of the journey, Aboriginal people remain.

They are ‘still here’, striving to work together and progress in the spirit of reconciliation.