Damien Shen | Fisher Ghost Award

Damien Shen has been announced as a finalist in the Fisher Ghost Award 2017 for his new series of work Still life after Penn.  

The winner of the Fisher Ghost Award will be announced 3 November at Campbelltown Arts Centre. The exhibition will run from 28 October until 14 December. 

Still life after Penn explores histories of disrespecting and degrading human remains, including the stealing of remains from graves and hospital morgues by anthropologists and physicians.

Still life after Penn is a complex interrogation of many things. It seeks to begin dialogues about what is right and what is wrong, about the living and the dead, and the spaces in between, while simultaneously interrogating the practices of museums historically and in the here and now… the remains of Shen’s ancestors still sit in boxes within the collection stores of museums here in Australia and abroad, waiting to be returned to their homelands’ 

– Glen Isenger-Pilkington, 2017


View Damien Shen’s catalogue of available works here.


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