2 days ago
My exhibition, ’Spirit of Place’ opens today in Heide ll, surveying 50 years of my indigenous rock art photography. Of major interest are the images of Narwala Garbarnmang, a recently discovered shelter, partially excavated and reconstructed, to facilitate the creation of an extraordinary body of rock art. The 30,000 year old site, possibly one of the largest constructions ever built by the first inhabitants of the land, was continuously painted until about 500 years ago.
I was given unique access to make these rare photographs by the traditional owner Margaret Katherine. We were dropped off near the site by helicopter and slept out with Aunty Margaret for 2 nights. She sang a welcome to country and guided our stay on her land, including ensuring the four of us slept closely together at night beside the fires for protection from wild bulls and boars.
If you have time this afternoon I'm giving a floor talk at 3 pm with curator Kendrah Morgan and my son Sam who was the lighting gaffer on the Narwala shoot. Swipe for our campsite view.
Images reproduced with the permission of the late Margaret Katherine, Senior Elder of the Buyhmi clan and traditional owner of Nawarla Gabarnmang.
I have also been given the privilege of taking over the Heide Museum of Modern Art instagram site for the next week and will be posting daily.
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