Damien Shen draws from his Ngarringeri and Chinese heritage making powerful images that reflect the complexities of race and identity in Australia. He’s “interested in the Coorong region, work that relates to the stories my family has about their early memories of growing up on the Raukkan mission in the early 50s”. An accomplished story-teller, he will work with Mt Gambier artists, producing tintypes through a travelling interactive project involving local communities.
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The following stories were ‘collected’ through a series of over-the-phone interviews that were transcribed and edited. In these tales, the participants generously gave insights into aspects of their lives that have shaped their ideas and their work. Together as a collection, they describe a range of people-and-place contexts that provide the deep rich humus from which their artwork continues to develop. These backgrounds offer a different kind of matrix than those offered by ‘art-world’ and art theory references; they reveal how concerns that have long played central roles in each artist’s life have been woven, through their work, into a language that is both deeply private and articulately public.