archie moore

kith and kin

venice biennale 2024

20 april – 24 november 2024

the phrase kith and kin; simply means friends and family but an earlier old english definition for kith dates from the 1300s and originally meant ‘countrymen’ (kith also meant ‘one’s native land’) and kin: ‘family members’. these words gradually took on the present looser sense: friends and family. many indigenous australians, especially those who grew up on country, see the land and other living things as part of their kinship system–the land itself can be a mentor, teacher, parent to a child. the sense of belonging involves everyone and everything and first nations peoples of australia, which, like most indigenous cultures, is deeply rooted in our sacred landscape from birth until death. i was interested in the phrase as it aptly describes the artwork in the pavilion, but i was also interested in the old english meaning of the words as it feels more like a first nations understanding of attachment to place, people and time.

archie moore

commissioned by creative australia  
curated by ellie buttrose

website launching 17 april 2024  
until then information on kith and kin can be found here