Artist interview: Paola Balla
Artist Paola Balla discusses her work for WILAM BIIK
Murrup (Ghost) Weaving in Rosie Kuka Lar (Grandmother’s Camp) by Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba & Gunditjmara)
WILAM BIIK is an exhibition of cultural consciousness and knowledge, of an unsevered connection between First Peoples of South East Australia and their Country, over thousands of generations.
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Header image: Paola Balla, Murrup (Ghost) Weaving in Rosie Kuka Lar (Grandmother’s Camp) 2021 with Rosie Tang, Untitled Wallpaper, image c. 1978, reproduced 2021 (detail) installation view, WILAM BIIK, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2021. Courtesy of Paola Balla. Photo by Andrew Curtis.
Filmed by James Wright at TarraWarra Museum of Art in October 2021, on Wurundjeri Country.
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