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BY The Cross Art Projects | 13-Feb-2018
Opening Saturday 24 February with a Floor talk at 2.30pm. Through painting, portrait photography and a historic timeline graphic, artists Jacky Green (Borroloola and Visiting Indigenous Fellow at the ANU) and Therese Ritchie (Darwin), together with Sean Kerins (CAEPR Fellow at ANU), give voice and political determination to the Garawa, Gudanji, Marra and Yanyuwa peoples from the Borroloola area of the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria region of the Northern Territory, in their long struggle against pernicious development projects that detrimentally affect their lives and contaminate their ancestral countries.
Through painting, portrait photography and a historic timeline graphic, artists Jacky Green (Borroloola and Visiting Indigenous Fellow at the ANU) and Therese Ritchie (Darwin), together with Sean Kerins (CAEPR Fellow at ANU), give voice and political determination to the Garawa, Gudanji, Marra and Yanyuwa peoples from the Borroloola area of the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria region of the Northern Territory, in their long struggle against pernicious development projects that detrimentally affect their lives and contaminate their ancestral countries.

In Therese Ritchie’s dramatic black and white photographs, her subjects chose words such as “My country”, “cut open” and “sovereignty” to paint boldly on their bare chests, arms. By these means, they aim to spread awareness about the environmental and social impacts that exploitative mining has had on their land and community.