CCP acknowledges that we meet and work on what always was and always will be the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider Melbourne community and beyond. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded.
In recognition of the multiple Indigenous language groups in Victoria, CCP invited Steven Rhall to make a selection of works representing each language group of the Kulin nation from his series Kulin Project, which was first exhibited at CCP in 2013.
The images appear as familiar scenes, but within these places are either a historical and or personal significance. The images are Rhall's responses to the land, or to the stories and histories shared with him. Elements in the images reference these narratives and connections. Through this work Rhall highlights the fact that Aboriginal people have always, and continue to live in these areas. He challenges stereotypes and cultural norms and aims to start a dialogue about the importance of Country and relationships to the land—our connections and disconnections. (Excerpt from artist statement).