Childers swept up by For­eign Land ex­hi­bi­tion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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