Following the stars, European explorers found their southern land and subsequently mapped and renamed Indigenous countries. In contrast, the sky remained innocent of a colonial discourse. Above the contested lands of Australia, the night sky continues to offer the potential for universal projections of ancient beliefs, nationhood and personal reflection. In this way, many cultural interpretations of the sky can stand side by side without fear of displacement.
excerpt from exhibition synopsis 'Shared Sky' at NGV ian potter in melbourne at the moment.