Sometimes you participate in projects that pull you right back down to earth. Real people, tough issues, divided communities & limited opportunities. Within that are organizations, family members & community workers who have tirelessly fought for the rights of those who are marginalized or through circumstances over time have found themselves in some difficult living situations.
Nexus project run by Beyond Empathy www.be.org.au (a charity organisation that delivers art projects within First Nation communities) here in Moree invited us to deliver stage 3 of their project. Firstly a community wall in a pretty rough part of town on the south side with a second wall over on the east side of town. As the official videos and photos process we wanted to share a few images of our recent trip. Wilga was the name of the area & we had a whole bunch of cute local kids hanging out & painting the wall with us. We found time also to paint 2 banners for the NAIDOC week march through town carried by the locals which was such an honour.
The second wall incorporated the movements of the indigenous Brolga dance performed by local dancer Shae Duncan supported by Jazi Othman. We photographed them along the Mehi River & used their silhouettes as part of our concept design. Two couples, a mix of humans and birds is a reminder for the viewer about the history, the indigenous people of the land & their customs. We will share the full story in time but thank you again to Minna, Oi You (George), moving & still images by Luke & Mark & to everyone who shared their stories & time with us. Time to head home but let’s hope the conversation continues...and thanks cuzzies Carlina, Nisha & Kaea for driving from the G.C to come say hi! #birdgang #communityart