Hurstville Museum & Gallery to host Home/On Country exhibition

11/01/2017

Local art lovers are invited to Hurstville Museum & Gallery’s upcoming art exhibition Home/On Country by Sydney-based photographer Sarah Rhodes.

Home/On Country brings to life the works by Sarah featuring photographs, a baby possum skin cloak from Yorta Yorta artist Treahna Hamn and a video of portraits by Sarah Rhodes.

These photographs celebrate the role of the possum skin cloak in strengthening cultural identity, connection to Country and the Elder’s pride in the revitalisation of this traditional cultural symbol.

For centuries, every Aboriginal baby born in South-Eastern Australia was wrapped in a possum skin marked with symbols telling the stories of its family and land. The cloak grew with the child.

Pelts would be added to explain the child’s place in the tribe, map boundaries, places for good hunting and mark tribal laws. When the person died, the cloak became a burial shroud, depicting a full life story.

Home/On Country focuses on Aboriginal people’s connection to their land. How the soil they tread is as much part of their identity as the tapestry of decorated skins they sew. The pictures, presented as diptychs, also highlight the challenges in negotiating two cultures.

Sarah Rhodes photographed eight Victorian and one New South Wales Elders at Home and On Country in cloaks that they either made or wore at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Home/On Country is a MAMA touring exhibition.
 
Exhibition Opening: 6.30pm, Friday 3 February 2017
Guest speakers at the event include Sarah Rhodes and Dr Fabri Blacklock, Senior Lecturer University of NSW Art and Design. All welcome. Refreshments will be served. RSVP for the opening by Monday 30 January 2017.

Exhibition Details
Dates:  Saturday 21 January – Thursday 13 April 2017
Opening hours: 10.00am-4.00pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 2.00pm-5.00pm Sunday (closed Mondays)
Where: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Cost: Free

For more information, please contact Hurstville Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or museumgallery@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au
 
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