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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

Unlearning Cook

Kate Golding

Front Gallery
12 May 2018–2 Jun 2018
Opening 12am Friday May 11th

All knowledge is situated and therefore partial.1

– Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Captain James Cook remains an enduring and dominant figure within the Australian imagination. The impact of Cook’s three voyages is felt throughout the Pacific and in his home country of England. The artworks exhibited by Kate Golding have been developed in response to notions of unlearning Eurocentric colonial histories in order to encourage discourse into underrepresented narratives. By using a variety of photographic methods, Golding’s creative works seek to examine the photographic medium’s role in colonisation and question the monological narratives signified through colonial monuments.


1 Aileen Moreton-Robinson,  Talkin’ up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism (St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2000), xxii.


The artist acknowledges the First Nations of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung on whose land this exhibition takes place. Kate offers her respect to the elders past, present and future and extends this respect to all First Nations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, acknowledging that sovereignty has never been ceded.


Image: Kate Golding, 2016-17, Birthplace / death place, 4 cyanotypes on watercolour paper, dowel, metal clips, string, dimensions variable. Documentation image by Vivian Cooper Smith.

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  • Kate Golding is an artist based in Narrm Melbourne who utilises photographic processes to examine colonisation while reflecting critically on her Anglo settler heritage. Recently completing a Master of Fine Arts by Research degree at the VCA, her research project focused on First Nation sovereignty and questioned the history signified through colonial monuments, buildings and the built environment.