The Power Publications Award for Indigenous Art Writing seeks to recognise and encourage the work of Indigenous writers who are producing compelling, persuasively argued texts, and whose body of work constitutes a rich engagement with visual culture. We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the award is Kimberley Moulton, Senior Curator South Eastern Aboriginal Collections at Museums Victoria, for her essay ‘I Can Still Hear Them Calling: Echoes Of My Ancestors’. The essay was published in the 2018 book Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism.
This prize celebrates a significant contribution made by an Indigenous writer on the topic of Australian art. The awardee is recognised with a $5,000 prize, supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Our selection committee of Clothilde Bullen, Matt Poll, Stephen Gilchrist and Mark Ledbury considered a range of writing and are pleased to announce the winner.
The Judges were impressed with Moulton’s compelling descriptions of her curatorial practice as an extension of Indigenous critical care. Her engagement with international Indigenous collections, both large and small, is premised on an insistence on the cultural subjectivity and ancestral materiality of museum objects. She demonstrates the ongoing responsibilities that descendant communities have to these objects and argues for the recognition of their sovereignty within and beyond the jurisdiction of the museum. Moulton’s personal writing further challenges the very nature of what a museum could be and suggests it is through foregrounding Indigenous curation and community involvement that new museological models can begin to emerge.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta woman, curator and writer and Senior Curator South Eastern Aboriginal Collections at Museums Victoria. Kimberley has worked in curatorial roles at Melbourne Museum for ten years collaborating with Victorian Koorie Community, was an assistant curator for First Peoples redevelopment project and Museums Victoria lead curator for Mandela: My Life, an exhibition on Nelson Mandela at Melbourne Museum 2018.
Her practice is centred on the intersection of museums’ historical collections and contemporary Indigenous art and makers, developing de-colonial methodology and First Peoples agency in collecting institutions and community driven collaborations. Kimberley has written for art and museum publications nationally and internationally and held research, curatorial and writing fellowships across Europe, UK, South Asia and America. Alongside her museum practice Kimberley has independently curated shows in various art museums in Australia and the USA and is Deputy Chair of the Board for Shepparton Art Museum and member of the board for Barpirdhila Foundation Melbourne.