Unsettled: Breakfast with a Curator
New exhibition Unsettled centres the strength and resilience of First Nations peoples since invasion, exploring untold – or unheard – stories through cultural objects, large-scale contemporary artworks, historical documents, and immersive experiences.
As part of the extensive research and consultation that shaped Unsettled, First Nations curators Laura McBride and Dr Mariko Smith spoke with 2500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The result is a powerful unravelling of the story of Australia's ‘settling’, uncovering the lasting impacts of colonisation. By acknowledging and evidencing these first-hand accounts, but also through the sharing of cultural practices, the exhibition hopes to propel the nation towards a better shared future.
Delve into this behind-the-scenes knowledge at Breakfast with a Curator. Before the museum opens for the day, Dr Smith will lead visitors through the exhibition, revealing insights into the making of Unsettled and the workings of a curator, before sharing a light breakfast made with Indigenous ingredients.
Dr Smith is a Yuin woman with Japanese heritage. She’s the First Nations curator at the Australian Museum, and specialises in Aboriginal cultural heritage and community-based cultural resurgence projects.
Breakfast with a Curator will run on Thursday June 17, July 22, and August 26 from 8am to 9:30am. Book here.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Australian Museum.