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Resilience in Isolation: Black Crow Online Exhibition at Koorie Heritage Trust

Daen Sansbury-Smith | Narungga / Trawoolwaway

Black Crow is a metaphor for the wise watchful eye of male Aboriginal role models and their key responsibilities within the community. Black Crow expands on Daen’s representation of Narungga and Palawa stories, art and culture.

The artworks on display within the Koorie Heritage Trust exhibition explore the transference of inherited knowledge, stories and responsibility from a father to his young children. Through ochre, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, Daen maps Ancestral memory and connection to country, sharing stories of pre-and post-contact Aboriginal history and culture. This mapping draws upon cultural design of huge importance to Daen.

Click here to see the Koorie Heritage Trust online exhibition.

The animation of these artworks and second phase of Daen’s exhibition expand on the storylines of the artworks and explore how ancient cultural knowledge can be shared utilising modern artistic platforms.

Daen is a proud Narungga and Trawoolwaway father and community leader who lives in Melbourne where his business is based. Daen has worked with many legendary artists and again out of wanting to grow within Daen began writing a short film based on his own music experiences which has led to the production of a short format series exploring Aboriginal Cultures within contemporary music of today. Daen continues to work on many more films and his love of sharing cultures gets him involved for sound design, audio engineering, content production and visual arts work.

This work is part of YIRRAMBOI’s Resilience in Isolation program which supports our First Nations creatives to continue their creative practices and development during the isolation.


Art by Daen Sansbury-Smith 
Animations by Isobel Knowles
Music by Danny Ramzan
Sound design and production by Daen Sansbury-Smith