Demonstration, Opening Bicentennial, NSW
New Zealand, Australia
This photograph was taken as part of the bicentennial project and exhibition 'After 200 Years'. At the time there were many debates about the depiction of Indigenous Australians and their cultures. Concerned how they might be portrayed, many communities were reluctant to participate in a project organised and funded by the Bicentennial Authority.
The result was a departure from normal documentary photography. Each of the 20 communities taking part in the project worked with photographers in a collaborative process that gave the communities the opportunity to control the subject matter of the photographs, and ultimately the representation of themselves and their culture to the public.
gelatin silver photograph
39.7 x 26.7 cm image; 50.3 x 40.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. verso, pencil "... 1988/ Sandy Edwards 1991"
Purchased with funds provided by the J.S. Watkins Memorial Fund 1991
Not on display
© Sandy Edwards
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005, (illus.). no catalogue numbers