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Josh Muir — ‘Crown (2)’ Shirt

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Josh Muir (Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Barkindji)

Crown (2), c. 2019. Digital image.
Courtesy of the family of Josh Muir.

Photo: Nicole Smith-Walker.

Material: Cotton

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The Koorie Heritage Trust is proud to present a range of exclusive merchandise based on artworks by the late Josh Muir (Gunditimara, Yorta Yorta and Barkindji), currently showing in JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Birrarung Building, Fed Square (9 March – 14 July 2024).

JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live is the Koorie Heritage Trust's second solo exhibition of Josh Muir's work, and the first since his passing in 2022.

Featuring works from lenders and collectors across Australia, the exhibition showcases Josh's short but prolific artistic career during which he explored Country, culture, identity, colonisation, mental health, addiction, loss and grief.

We are also incredibly delighted and privileged to have worked with Shanaya Sheridan, Josh's partner, and Justine Berg, Josh's mother, as guest curators for the exhibition.


About the Artwork:

“… Synonymous with power and sovereignty, the gold crown […] is a recurring symbol for many black artists working in an urban context and has been adopted in the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Reko Rennie” (Shonae Hobson, 2019).

Josh’s use of the crown as a recurrent symbol carries a range of meanings, associations and possible influences such as these. Throughout his career, Josh repeatedly created self-portraits of himself wearing a crown or seated on a throne, incorporating symbols of status and power often associated with European culture as an act of reclaiming sovereignty. 

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