The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence & 107 Projects | Looking Through Windows
Image: Lorina Barker talking through a work from the exhibition; a series of breastplates by Armidale artist Kim Scales, titled Thali Pulay, that represent the language groups of far western NSW.
Looking Through Windows is a two year multimedia project and exhibition curated by Dr Lorina Barker, about the removal, dispossession and ‘protection’ of Aboriginal people in the Northwest and the New England regions of New South Wales and western Sydney.
Lorina is a descendant of the Wangkumara and Muruwari people from northwest NSW, Adnyamathanha (Flinders Ranges SA), the Kooma and Kunja (southwest QLD), and the Kurnu-Baakandji (northwest NSW). She is an oral historian, filmmaker, storyteller and poet who teaches modern Australian history, Oral history and Local and Community history at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales.
She uses multimedia as part of her community art-based projects to transfer and preserve knowledge, history, stories and culture for the next generations, in media that they are familiar with such as film, short stories, poetry and theatre performance.
Lorina wrote and directed the short film Tibooburra: My Grandmother’s Country as a tribute and an elegy to her Grandmother Amy Elwood, about her life and experiences.
Combining film, oral histories, photography, songs, poetry with music, artworks, language, sculptures and theatre the Looking Through Windows exhibition captures stories of what it was like to live ‘under the Act’ on missions, reserves and on the fringes of society.
Along with the communities, elders and families to have participated over the life of the project, her collaborators include artists from various disciplines and practice. Key team members have been: Laszlo Szabo, Brendan Blacklock, Beth Macraild O’Loughlin, Lyndsay Urquhart, Simon Mellor, Cherene Spendelove, Julie Collins, Kimberley Barker, Gwen Barker along with Brian Smith, Warren Kelly, Michael Brogan, and Jaluka Rose Quinlan, Jenny Shillingsworth. Verna Barker and Rita Wright.
For more information contact Dr Lorina Barker on 0474 170 520.