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Zena Cumpston


Zena is a Barkandji woman currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her work centres around Aboriginal perspectives of biodiversity and she recently released a free e-booklet that explores Aboriginal plant use. Zena also works as a writer and consultant and is currently curating the exhibition ‘Emu Sky’ in collaboration with Science Gallery Melbourne, opening at Old Quad in July 2021. Through the work of Aboriginal artists including Uncle Badger Bates, Dr Jonathan Jones, Dr Aunty Vicki Couzens and Genevieve Grieves, ‘Emu Sky’ explores the lens through which Aboriginal ecological knowledge has been perceived since Invasion.

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