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Monday, July 9, 2018 - 18:30 to Friday, October 5, 2018 - 07:30
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Mali dharngurr Photographic exhibition by A.Professor Wayne Quilliam
Evoking a myriad of emotive commentaries Mali dharngurr is a living, evolving series of photographic stories from Indigenous women across Australia that will open at Barangaroo Towers in Sydney tonight. Meaning ‘Reflection of voice’ in Yolngu Mata language, the portraits are the extension of work created by Aboriginal photographer A.Professor Wayne Quilliam for the United Nations in 2016. “When the UN commissioned me to develop an exhibition of Indigenous Womens stories, I was very conscious of philosophising a prescribed culturally gendered perspective. To offer a prescriptive view I sought the counsel of numerous women with a resounding affirmation my role was to record, document and share their stories”. “To be invited by Barangaroo to share this work at is so special for a number of reasons, in particular the opportunity for a number of the women in the exhibition to see their images in person. This work has been shown at the UN in Geneva and New York and shown in a variety of countries including Germany and France. These images celebrate the achievements of our women and open the door to understand the social structures that frame not only cultural laws and expectations but also the economy, social dynamics and family and community life”. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Quilliam is regarded as one of Australia’s most respected photographers for his work in Indigenous and International affairs. Recognised by his peers with the NAIDOC Indigenous artist of the year, Human Rights and Walkley Awards and numerous art accolades, he continues to evoke emotive discussion with more than 200 Solo and 80 Group exhibitions in Europe, USA, Asia, South America and Australia.