On the road with Sophie Matterson
When I got the call from Australian Geographic to track down Sophie Matterson and...
This opportunity came from the Artists at Arts Ceduna and Marie Falcinella, CEO of Ku Arts.
Since my last visit in 2015 alot had changed in relation to my comfort level and ability as a mentor as well as the filmmaking and photographic techniques and equipment I employ to create with.
Over fourteen days we created four photographic works and a short feature film with the artists across various locations of importance within Ceduna and surrounding Homelands.
No Black Seas is a specially commissioned exhibition of new works by artists from Ceduna, a South Australian coastal town nestled on the Great Australian Bight. The exhibition addresses the artists’ cultural and personal connections with the Bight and the impact that drilling would have on country and community; sounding the alarm for an issue that is not only theirs but all of ours.
For the Mirning, Kokatha and Wirangu artists from Arts Ceduna, the proposed drilling of the Bight has posed not only an environmental threat but a threat to their home and to their cultural identity, which is intrinsically tied to the lands and waters of the region. For them, the destruction of the Great Australian Bight would be another in a series of historic and current social, environmental, political and economic injustices.
No Black Seas Artwork development and production supported by Dave Laslett and Ku Arts.
Arts Ceduna, Ku Arts and ACE Open are partners in the development and presentation of this project with support from Tarnanthi.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this gallery does contain images and voices of people who have died.