Free exhibition based on the award-winning ABC series Cleverman opens at Museum of Geraldton

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Cleverman protagonist Koen West.
Camera IconCleverman protagonist Koen West. Credit: ACMI

A free exhibition focusing on the dystopian ABC sci-fi series Cleverman has opened at the Museum of Geraldton.

The award-winning TV show, which aired in 2016, explores deep themes of Aboriginal storytelling touching on themes of class, racism and power, and had a mainly Aboriginal cast and senior crew.

Museum of Geraldton acting regional manager Yvette Hollings said visitors were invited to immerse themselves in a powerful and contemporary expression of Aboriginal origin stories, aided by a combination of video, audio and objects.

“This exhibition not only explores the making of Cleverman, but the Dreaming stories that underpin it,” Ms Hollings said.

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“The exhibition delivers thought-provoking messages while exploring the show’s sets, costumes and props and we look forward to bringing it to the Geraldton community.”

The exhibition was curated by Cleverman concept creator Ryan Griffen, production designer Jacob Nash and Kat Clarke, together with ACMI.

ACMI director and CEO Seb Chan said Cleverman’s reimagining of Dreamtime stories in a sci-fi Indigenous future, remains a groundbreaking and inspirational moment in recent Australian television.

“For those new to the series, the exhibition is an open and welcoming invitation into its world and contemporary Indigenous storytelling,” he said.

Cleverman will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from Saturday, December 3 to Sunday, April 23.

Entry to the museum is by donation.

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