Kelly Koumalatsos & Dr Paola Balla

Madjem Bambandila: The Art and Country of Kelly Koumalatsos


Madjem Bambandila is a stunning celebration of the artistic and cultural practice of acclaimed Wergaia and Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos. 

Co-written by Kelly Koumalatsos and Dr Paola Balla and featuring the voices of a broad range of artists, writers and cultural figures, Madjem Bambandila takes a unique community-based approach to storytelling. 

The book takes the form of a possum cloak, stitching together conversations, essays, poems and personal reflections to create a volume that is warm and grounded in culture. 

‘Kelly’s work is quintessentially south-eastern, and it beautifully represents the heart, strength and power of Koorie art as a continuing sovereign force.’ Dr Paola Balla

‘This is blak storytelling at its deadliest!’ Dr Shannon Faulkhead.

  • Author: Kelly Koumalatsos & Dr Paola Balla
  • Publisher: Museums Victoria Publishing
  • Date of Publication: June 2024
  • ISBN:  9781921833663
  • Format: Hardcover 
  • Ages: Adult 
  • Dimensions (cm): 300 (H) x 250 (W) mm