Young Indigenous locals feature in ‘Our story, our dreaming’ exhibition

05/04/2017

‘Our story, our dreaming - yellomundi-ngun gunyalungulung-ngun’ is a photographic exhibition featuring local Aboriginal youth exploring notions of identity at Snapshot Gallery, Hurstville Museum & Gallery.
 
Council was successful in receiving a grant from Museums & Galleries NSW to run a workshop with local Aboriginal youth, asking them to explore their connection to their culture.
 
The workshop and resulting exhibition were facilitated by artist and professional photographer, Sarah Rhodes, whose work is currently on display in Hurstville Museum and Gallery’s Main Gallery, and Jacinta Tobin, Elder from the Dharug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation.
 
The workshop, TALK Our Language, aimed to uncover what is on the minds of Sydney’s Aboriginal teenagers and also encourage them to learn about and bring to life Sydney’s Dharug language – the traditional language of the Dharug and Eora peoples, spoken in the Sydney region from Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, to Wreck Bay on the NSW South Coast.
 
Participating students from Georges River College’s Peakhurst campus examined their place at school, and how they fit within their family and the broader community in order to uncover notions of identity, and what it means to them to be Aboriginal.
 
The workshops empowered students to share their stories through photography, English and Dharug. Students were given one-on-one sessions with Sarah Rhodes to create their image, which features in the exhibition and forms part of a series of postcards.
 
The exhibition, running until 30 April 2017, aims to circulate the Aboriginal language through the community and give local teenagers an opportunity to tell their stories.
 
Venue: Snapshot Gallery, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
 
For more information about the project visit TALK Our Language.

For more information on the exhibition contact Council.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Audience Development Fund, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.