The Perth Centre for Photography is pleased to present Djinanginy Ngany (Seeing Me) by Moorditj Koolangka.
This program, facilitated by local artists Esther McDowell (Yabini Kickett) and Duncan Wright, features photography and drawings by the Moorditj Koolangka youth group from the Edmund Rice Centre, WA.
Moorditj Koolangka, meaning ‘strong/deadly children’ in Noongar language is a program run out of Mirrabooka for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged between 7-12 years old. It has been running for over 20 years and offers a wide array of activities for children including visual arts, sport, culture and general get-togethers.
“Ngalang Moorditj Koolangka!”
Djinanginy Ngany allowed the children to meet up under safe circumstances, while learning basic photography skills, and to play with new but familiar mediums. Guided by local photographer Duncan Wright, the children were able to photograph their peers under warm light in a place they know well, resulting in a series of intimate portraits. Later the children were given the freedom to draw however they liked over the top, no pressure, no expectations, whatever they pleased.
The final artworks are hectic, chaotic, sweet and all-round pretty deadly.
In conjunction, the painted fabric (which was used as the backdrop in their portraits) features an outline of the 24-seater bus the children are picked up and dropped off in. They were also given the freedom to draw on this in the same vein as their portraits.
This body of work was made by the children for fun because we can and should do this more often.
Friday, 13 November 2020
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition: Nov 11 – Nov 14
Gallery Ground Floor: 357 – 365 Murray St, Perth
OPENING HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm