|Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
Photography has been used historically in Australia to categorise and document Aboriginal people, reinforcing social ideologies rather than reflecting reality. Early photographers framed Indigenous subjects in staged scenes for European entertainment and also in Western clothing to promote assimilation.
Contemporary First Nations artists are challenging these harmful narratives, using photography to confront truths, tell authentic stories, and honour their culture. Through their work, these artists push creative boundaries, reclaim cultural narratives, and shift the power dynamic in these historical representations.
Walk through the exhibition with First Nations Learning Officer Annie Brigdale and discuss how these images can be used for meaningful explorations into truth telling and the history of this country. Learn about the importance of truth telling and incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and stories into the classroom and how art can be a great tool for leveraging these conversations, and creating inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments for students.
Time: 4 pm - 4.45 pm
Dates: 22 November & 13 December (repeat session)
Venue: Bendigo Art Gallery