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Tree Story

6 February – 10 April 2021

Charlotte Day with Dr Brian Martin, Associate Dean, Indigenous, Monash Art Design & Architecture


Brook Garru Andrew (AU), Yto Barrada (FR/MA), Berdaguer & Péjus (FR), Joseph Beuys (DE), Tania Bruguera (CU), Hayley Panangka Coulthard (AU), Nici Cumpston (AU), Agnes Denes (HU/US), Yanni Florence (AU), Ceal Floyer (UK), Nicole Foreshew (AU), Henrik Håkansson (SE/DE), Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti (PS/IT), Beth Mbitjana Inkamala (AU), Judith Pungarta Inkamala (AU), Tim Johnson (AU), Reena Saini Kallat (IN), Peter Kennedy (AU), Olga Kisseleva (RU/FR), Janet Laurence (AU), MAIX Reserved Forest (MY), Brian Martin (AU), Kent Morris (AU), Peter Mungkuri OAM (AU), Optronic Kinetics (AU), Uriel Orlow (CH/UK), Jill Orr (AU), Katie Paterson (UK), Ed Ruscha (US), Yasmin Smith (AU), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (BR/ES), Stelarc (AU) and Linda Tegg (AU)

Tree Story brings together creative practices from around the world to create a ‘forest’ of ideas relating to critical environmental and sustainability issues. At its foundation—or roots—are Indigenous ways of knowing and a recognition of trees as our ancestors and family. An exhibition, publication and podcast series, Tree Story takes inspiration from the underground networks, information sharing and mutual support understood to exist within tree communities, and poses the question: what can we learn from trees and the importance of Country?

Image: Nici Cumpston, Great-grandmother Barka 2020, Adelaide, Kaurna Country, pigment inkjet print, 80 x 80 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Gallery

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Related Programs
PDF: The Tree School Program

View and download The Tree School program

VIDEO: Tree Story, 2021

Join artists Kent Morris, Yasmin Smith, Dr Brian Martin, and Charlotte Day (Director, MUMA) in an exhibition walkthrough of Tree Story at MUMA.

VIDEO: Boon Wurrung Tree, 2021

During March 2021, the Boon Wurrung Tree starts its journey on campus as the centre piece of a Tree School being held in conjunction with the exhibition Tree Story at MUMA.

VIDEO: Extended Interview, Brian Martin, Tree Story

Join artist Brian Martin in exploring his works, Methexical Countryscape: Kamilaroi #10 2017 and Methexical Countryscape: Boon Wurrung #1 2021, as part of Tree Story.

VIDEO: Extended Interview, Yasmin Smith, Tree Story

Join artist Yasmin Smith in exploring her work, Lower Pieman, 2019–20, as part of Tree Story.

VIDEO: Extended Interview, Kent Morris, Tree Story

Join artist Kent Morris in exploring his work Cultural Reflections—Systems of Sustainability #1 2020, as part of Tree Story.


New commissions generously supported by MUMA contemporaries. The Tree School is being developed and coordinated by Moorina Bonini with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, supported by Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). Our thanks to Eucalypt Australia for partnering with us on the Tree Story podcast and The Tree School.

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