El­der art on show in Paris

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Art­work fea­tur­ing Gold­fields Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders will be ex­hib­ited on the walls of the Aus­tralian Em­bassy in Paris from later this month.

French-born Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher Mar­tine Per­ret spent more than a year in the Gold­fields col­lat­ing sto­ries about the lives of sev­eral Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders to share through mul­ti­me­dia art works.

Ngala Wongga: Cultural sig­nif­i­cance of lan­guages in the Gold­fields fea­tures eight aerial pho­tographs of the Gold­fields, sto­ries of eight el­ders, and a 12minute video on Laver­ton Abor- ig­i­nal el­der Doreen Har­ris. Af­ter fea­tur­ing in an ex­hi­bi­tion in Perth last month, Per­ret was asked to ex­hibit her works in Paris to cel­e­brate the in­ter­na­tional year of in­dige­nous lan­guages.

“It’s a dream come true to be asked to dis­play this work in Paris, my place of birth,” Ms Per­ret said.

“For me what’s great is be­ing able to rep­re­sent the Gold­fields at the ex­hi­bi­tion. I think WA peo­ple don’t re­alise how lucky they are to have such a rich his­tory of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and lan­guage, but it is frag­ile and en­dan­gered, so the work is a re­minder that it’s there and to pre­serve and pro­tect it for gen­er­a­tions to come.” Ms Per­ret’s work be­gan in 2015 when she ful­filled her life-long goal of trav­el­ling to the Gold­fields to meet Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders and col­lab­o­rate on work to high­light the sig­nif­i­cance of their lan­guage and cul­ture.

Join­ing her in Paris for the ex­hi­bi­tion are fam­ily mem­bers of the Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders fea­tured in the mul­ti­me­dia work. Edie Ul­rich and Gino Sceghi, fam­ily mem­bers of Edna Sceghi, who died in 2016, and Kal­go­or­liebased el­der Lau­rel Cooper’s son Gary. The ex­hi­bi­tion will open on Jan­uary 29 and run un­til Septem­ber 6 at the Em­bassy of Aus­tralia in Paris.

Pic­ture: Mar­tine Per­ret

Zoe Keenan Kal­go­or­lie-based Abo­rig­i­nal el­der Lau­rel Cooper fea­tures in the mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion. The art­work is one of sev­eral put to­gether by Mar­tine Per­ret, a French-born Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher.

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