Childers swept up by Foreign Land exhibition
EMERGING artist and professional photographer Sabrina Lauriston’s “Foreign Land” will be on show Childers Arts Space (CHARTS) for the next two months.
This exhibition will feature over 30 emotional journeys drawn from immigrants living in the Bundaberg Region, accompanied by a portrait of each person.
The stories explore each immigrant's journey to Australia between 1949 and 2012 and their reasons for moving to Australia, be it love, work, war, family or even starvation.
The exhibition also explores their Australian experience, and their reaction to Australia when they first arrived.
“Foreign Land” was developed by Ms Lauriston in response to her own move to Australia as an immigrant and as a way to discover more about the local community, specifically the stories and memories of migrants to the region.
“It is my heartfelt desire that, by viewing my images and reading the accompanying stories, the visitors and the community may gain a greater understanding of who we are and why we are here,” she said.
“As well as for all those other immigrants it could be a support while they are settling in this beautiful country.”
“Foreign Land” highlights Sabrina's personal passion for traditional photography techniques, celebrating the use of mechanical cameras and dark-room development.
“I have always been an artist and I loved creating with my hands. Developing films and printing manually, it feels more like I am creating my images,” she said. “Also I love the slow process in where I am touching paper, bathing it, washing it and drying it.
“It is always magic, seeing the images appearing when the exposed paper gets into the developer. Nothing you can get from digital.”
The opening event will be held this Saturday from 2pm, and is a free event.
Sabrina will also run the workshop “Through the Eyes of a Photographer” on May 23. Bookings are essential.
“Foreign Land” is on show now at CHARTS, and will run until July 19.