What's on: Corroboree Sydney: Place Projections
Larger-than-life images of Aboriginal women will be projected onto our facade to celebrate Sydney's Indigenous history and culture.
- Event Type:
- Special event
- 20 November 2013 to 20 February 2014
- 08.00 PM to 11.00 PM
- William St side of the Australian Museum
As part of Corroboree Sydney 2013, larger-than-life images of Aboriginal women draped in cloth will be projected onto our 20m facade on William Street to celebrate the importance of Sydney's Indigenous history and culture.
Our blank, windowless wall will be transformed by stills from an original film work, Born in darkness before dawn (2013), by Sydney-based Wiradjuri artist Nicole Foreshew. The work explores the Aboriginal concept of place, tracing personal histories and connections to communities and features women draped in cloth imbued with traces of mineral and plant specimens.
The work is part of the City of Sydney's Eora Journey Recognition in the Public Domain which celebrates the living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Sydney.
Nicole Foreshew, 30, works across a range of mediums, including photomedia, design, sculpture and film.
Her grandfather is a traditional owner of Peak Hill in the Wiradjuri lands of Central NSW. Nicole felt it was important for her work to be projected onto the museum as it has a rich collection of Aboriginal artefacts, including 11 objects and one carved tree from Peak Hill.
The work explores the concept of place and traces her personal histories and connections to various communities across the state. "The artwork includes friends and family living in Sydney, Western Sydney and the Central West - all Aboriginal women - who have impacted on my understanding of what we call 'place'," Nicole says.
"There has been a resurgence of artists and people in the community reconnecting to, and continuing, their relationship with their Aboriginal identity, so my artwork is always looking at concepts of those places - personal histories and how you connect with things and other communities. This project offered a really good opportunity for me to consider my work on a really large scale."
Working with the Australian Museum
"The artwork responds to the Australian Museum site," says Nicole, "because it holds a huge amount of Aboriginal archaeological collections and objects, some of which directly relate to areas where my Mum and Grandfather were born. And that massive building is windowless so you can't actually grasp the amazingness of what this building has and what it can offer artists, Aboriginal people and the broader public through its collections. Hopefully this artwork will draw people inside."
Our Director, Frank Howarth PSM, expressed that the museum had a firm commitment to embrace and celebrate the culture of our First Peoples.
"From repatriation, to our newly re-developed Indigenous Australians gallery, we believe that encouraging and demonstrating respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples reflects our national identity and diversity of our people, patrons and the community. These photos are amazing artworks, but their value extends beyond that. They are a record of our heritage and Australian Museum is thrilled to provide an opportunity for the works to be seen by our community and, importantly, where they will have the greatest impact - on the William Street facade of Australia's first museum." Mr Howarth says.
If you have any questions or enquiries, please call Laura McBride on (02) 9320 6321 or use her contact form.
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Over 11 days and nights in November 2013, leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians will showcase their creativity and share their stories. Presented at significant sites around the world-famous Sydney Harbour - from the nation to your neighbourhood - Corroboree Sydney offers a unique experience of Indigenous culture.