Artist statement: The Right to be heard series is a collaborative work.
I share the image-making process with the person being photographed.
They receive the blank Polaroid 665 negative and are invited to etch their comment in the wet emulsion of the film.
Edie wrote her comment in Tjupan language – this is the translation: As a ten-year-old child in the mission, I remember my people as proud, happy, healthy people; walking, talking, hunting and enjoying life and protecting their families. I went away for further schooling. Coming back I saw my people again after the 1967 Referendum. I remember thinking that they seemed like broken people.
The work articulates the communities’ thoughts, opinions and experiences regarding the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.
This project was made possible with the support of the National Trust of Western Australia and the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre.