Pleased to have an image of mine from Hurricane Sandy (bottom left) accompany a story by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone Magazine. The article is on the impacts of global warming and acts as a call to arms for citizens to speak up when global leaders gather in New York this September to approach the topic. McKibben is an environmental activist, educator and author and cofounder of the website 350.org, a centrepiece of the global grassroots climate change movement.
Living in the Shadows opening/artist talk at the black eye gallery
I was honoured to have the first exhibition of the Living in the Shadows series at the black eye gallery in Sydney as a culmination of the POOL Grant I received last year to work on the series.
There was an incredible turnout both for the opening night and the artist talk a few days later. Along with the usual social interactions there was a large amount of discussion around the subject of Aboriginal people living in Australia and the issues they face, which is what I had hoped for.
Thanks to all those that made it out, lets keep the discussion going.
A1 in The Saturday Paper this weekend accompanying a very strong piece by journalist Sam Bungey on the incredibly high rates of Aboriginal children being taken into state care in New South Wales.
As Bungey writes, “Almost 10 percent of black children are in state care, and 1000 are taken from their parents each year.”. Shocking statistics…
You can read the article here.
Busy putting the final touches on my upcoming exhibition in Sydney of Living in the Shadows… 4 years of work to edit through. Lots of difficult decisions but it is starting to come together.
If you are in Sydney at the end of May be sure to stop in to the Blackeye gallery to see the show
Very excited to have arrived in Kyiv, Ukraine for the screening of my piece "Living in the Shadows" at the Docudays UA International Human Rights Film Festival.
A lot of time has gone into this project over the last four years and it is fulfilling to have the issues faced by Australian Aboriginal communities being witnessed by a the global community.
A big thanks goes to my collaborator Christopher Baron who could not make the trip unfortunately. Without him this piece could not have taken form…
Yolngu man Mayila Wununggur is an accomplished artist as well as a senior Park Ranger in Yirrkala. Like many others in the community his life revolves around a connection to traditional culture and the land. In his words, “It is a beautiful and simple life to live”. Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia. David Maurice Smith/Oculi.
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