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Damien Shen at Benalla

Congratulations to Damien Shen for his magnificent exhibition at Benalla Art Gallery: ‘A Stone From Another Mountain’ and the engaging discussion with Eric Nash on the weekend. Covering everything from the technicalities of creating tintype prints to iconographic discussions, it was wonderful to see so many people come to Benalla’s gallery to listen to such an accomplished and talented artist.

This conversation between the director of Benalla Art Gallery and the artist was held as part of PHOTO 2021. Although the talk is over, you can view it on our Instagram. The exhibition itself is on view until 21st March. It showcases a unique blend of Song Dynasty imagery used within recurring self portraits with overlaid Ngarrindjeri motifs. This harmonisation of Damien’s two cultures indicate a pride in his rich ancestral background, while acknowledging the complexities of cultural heritage.