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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Prosperity portals

Olivia Koh

02 December 2021–18 December 2021

This body of work is informed by my paternal family’s agricultural practices in the 20th century, as immigrants to Southern rural Malaysia (Peninsula).

A video combines audio excerpts from interviews with my family members alongside imagery collected over the last 5 years, a moving collage reflecting on wealth accumulated from foreign land. A second economy is engaged by making paper from plants sourced from my current geographic location in lutruwita Tasmania. These papers are imitative of  Joss paper, which is burnt as offerings to ancestors in Chinese culture, and many others across Asia. Other forms of offerings are re-situatuated in the gallery to consider the indebtedness of settlement on foreign land through migration. 

I would like to extend my respects to Elders of world Indigenous Communities. Including the First Nations communities of the Archipelagos that make up Malaysia (Orang Asli of the Peninsula and Orang Asal in Malay).


Sound Engineer: Bonnie Cummings

Thanks to Lauren Burrow, Rosie Isaac, Neika Lehman, Ben Richardson, Bonnie Cummings, Nunzio Madden, Grace Herbert, Polly Stanton and Kristen Sharp for their assistance with this project.

This exhibition is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship at RMIT University.


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  • Olivia Koh is an artist and curator working between Melbourne (on the land and waters of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation) and nipaluna, Hobart (muwanina Country). Olivia’s solo exhibitions and screenings include Episodes (Seventh, 2018), For Huntz (Bus Projects, 2017) and if that were your name (TCB gallery, 2016). She organises, an online platform showcasing contemporary moving image works, and is a current board member at TCB Gallery.