The Aborigine is Present

An inspiring new work from Robyne Latham


The creative process is different for every artist. For Robyne Latham, the inspiration for her latest work struck as she sat in her studio one day.  Thoughts about the place of Aborigines in contemporary Australia, the media debate about the right to identify as Aboriginal and the daily stereotyping of Aboriginal people were swimming around in her head.

inspired by Marina Abramovic’s pioneering work The Artist is Present, this new work from Robyne Latham is about the interface between two cultures: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.  Robyne will share the role of the Aborigine with other Aboriginal participants, who will sit opposite a non-Aboriginal participant. ‘They will sit in silence, in full presence of each other, in recognition of their shared humanity’ she said.

Read more about this exciting new exhibition at

Click to access melbmag_JuneJuly2015.pdf



Robyne Latham’s new work ensures that Aboriginal Australia will take centre stage at Federation Square with an exciting new exhibition and a new location for the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Tom Mosby, CEO and the Board of Management of the Koorie Heritage Trust invite you to the official opening of

The Aborigine is Present

Robyne Latham

Yarra Building, Federation Square

4 – 26 July, 2015.

Opening Saturday 4th July 1.30 – 4pm.

Live Performances on Sat and Sun 2 -4pm

Opening Speaker: Deborah Cheetham AO





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