Kim Ah Sam’s exhibition Woven identity “it’s not only me”, tells of the artist’s connections to Country, in which weaving takes the viewer on a life affirming journey exploring cultural identity.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Ah Sam was disconnected from her Country and identity but acknowledges where she is from, with a strong links to both her grandmother’s Kuku Yalanji Country, and her father’s Kalkadoon Country.
Ah Sam’s grandmother was removed from her Country and forbidden to speak her language. As a young girl, she was sent to Brisbane as a domestic hand and given the maiden name North, as she came from North Queensland.
This story reflects many First Nations peoples’ experience. Ah Sam’s weaving is a therapeutic practice and a healing process that tells the story of her journey.