Created in response to the colonial photography that has shaped attitudes towards Indigenous Australians today, this series was collaborative in nature. As part of the process, each participant was invited to take part in a conversation that explored their personal notions of Aboriginality.
The final document includes individual prints of each participant's portrait and a book featuring an essay on representation in addition to full transcripts of the interviews. The portraits focus solely on the participant; who not only posed but chose the final image and quote to be used thereby adding their unique voice to their images.
These portraits illustrate individuality, identity, diversity and personality. It was our intention to challenge the stereotypes perpetuated by the colonists, the present day mainstream media, our government and the system in which we live.
Elements of this project were recently acquired by the Melbourne Museum for their permanent collection, specifically for use in the First Peoples exhibition at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. The portraits and words of Eric Clarke, Steven Rhall, Alice Pettit and James Dean are currently on display in the museum.