Until the 1960s, Indigenous Australians could only marry with government permission. Premiering at West Space, Kyra Mancktelow (Qld) continues her interest in the history of garments in Australia and the ongoing legacies of colonialism with a body of work centred around a wedding dress that honours the artist’s Ancestors.
The artist says, “These garments and prints investigate long-lasting legacies of colonialism, asking questions such as how we remember and acknowledge these histories. My hope is to draw upon the strength of resistance by adapting, retaining cultural ways and identity.”
Kyra Mancktelow is a Quandamooka artist with links to the Mardigan people of Cunnamulla, living and working in Meanjin/Brisbane. This new body of work is presented at West Space in partnership with Agency Projects.