Shakara Montalto

It Came From Over There

Untitled by Helen Sheferaw, etching on Hahnemühle paper, 2015

Untitled by Helen Sheferaw, etching on Hahnemühle paper, 2015

With diverse backgrounds, including Colombian, Chilean, Ethiopian, Ghanaian and Gunditjmara, It Came From Over There presents a range of limited edition art prints exploring personal themes of cultural and spiritual identity. Etchings include a variety of inspirations including West African Adinkra symbols, illustrated Pentecostal bible excerpts and the deconstruction of memory.

Artists: María Peña, Helen Sheferaw, Roxana Fuentes, Julius Bright Sackey, and Shakara Montalto.

OPENING 6-8pm Friday 25 September

CURRENT 26 September – 3 October in the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015

The Ownership Project

Level 1, 110 Johnston St

Fitzroy, Wurundjeri Country

This exhibition was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Yarra.





Total Eclipse

Helen Sheferaw, About the Moon #2, monotype on Hahnemühle paper (2014)


Total Eclipse is an exhibition of new prints by TOP artists in residence. Working in relief and intaglio printmaking, these artists draw on lived experience, aesthetics and cultural memory spanning Colombia, Ethiopia, Chile, Iran, Gunditjmara Country, and cosmopolitan Melbourne more broadly.
Collectively the works range in material influences, from colonial architecture, timeworn neighbourhoods, flights of spirituality and fancy, and portraiture, to ancestral motif repertoires, etched still life, as well as the sounds and contours of the sun, moon and stars.
Compelling stories and individual sensibilities for texture, colour, and pattern. The works voice personal histories of movement and home, marking connections to place and to the interstitial emotional territories.
The Ownership Project is supported by the City of Yarra through the Creative Yarra triennial funding program.

Opening: 6pm Friday 19 September

Current: 19 September-5 October in Melbourne Fringe Festival

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Shakara Montalto featured in Whittlesea Leader Newspaper

Untitled, Shakara Montalto, etching on Hahnemühle paper, 25 x 25cm.

The Ownership Project artist Shakara Montalto is featured in an article in the Whittlesea Leader, which you can read here

Shakara Montalto joined The Ownership Projects (TOP) Indigenous Artist in Residence Program in late 2013. She has created a large body of delicate line etchings and bold woodblocks exploring personal themes of loss and identity. Her work is available for viewing at TOP’s Fitzroy gallery.

TOP would like to congratulate Montalto on her achievements this year and express how excited we are to continue working together in 2014.

Clan and Country

Shakara Montalto (close up of etching)

Star of Dennis, Dennis Thorpe, woodblock on Magnani paper

An exhibition of new installation, etching, and relief works by Aboriginal artists Shakara Montalto (Gunditjmara) and Dennis Thorpe (Muruwari). 2013 has been an introduction to printmaking for these artists. The works created are brief excursions on the surface of the complexities of existence. The dynamics of symbolism, representation, drug use in society, cultural identity and sustainability are shifting. Bright pop colours, found objects and the power of language are icons across the spectrum of culture represented in this exhibition.


30 November – 8 December 2013

Opening event: Saturday 30 November, 2-4pm

Location: Level 1, 110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

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Special thanks to City of Yarra for their ongoing support.