July 9, 2007: A special exhibition of indigenous photography, film and storytelling, titled “Pitcha This” opens at the Koori Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, 295 King Street, Melbourne at 2pm on Wednesday, 11 July.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC), the show has been put together by Sista Girl Productions working with photographer, Wayne Quilliam, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. This innovative display presents a new view of indigenous imagery that not only celebrates ‘their being’, identity, culture and land, but more importantly, directly refutes the constant negative portrayal of Indigenous people in today’s Australian Media. It uses film, photography and digital storytelling to inspire, strengthen, educate, and entertain by promoting positive images of six Victorian Indigenous communities. The communities involved are Gippsland, Swan Hill, Mullum Mullum, Heywood, the youth from Rumbalara Football Club and A.S.H.E (Academy of Sport, Health and Recreation) in Shepparton, and the Victorian Indigenous Youth Advisory Council.
Each community involved has produced their own digital stories using film and digital photography. The result is an emotional, realistic, and inspiring portrayal of Indigenous community life. A selection of the digital stories will be screened at ACMI in Federation Square on Tuesday, 10t July at 6:30pm, and all digital stories will be showing at the Koori Heritage Trust during the photographic exhibition. The Pitcha This project is proudly supported by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation to promote the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of Victorian Indigenous communities.
For more information, contact Kimba Thompson of Sista Girl Productions on 0414593103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Wayne Quilliam on 0413 812 222.