Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: These images may contain portraits of deceased people.
The Black on White project is a series of photographic portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The project began back in 2008, when Djammarr Djordila from Maningrida, and Belinda Mason from Sydney, travelled to remote communities in Arnhem Land NT, at the first anniversary of the Australian Governments Intervention Policy to hear community reactions and ask them to record a visual record of their opinion. The image of Djammarr, on the right won the Australian Human Rights Photographic Award in 2008.
The project grew and now provides a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to send a message to non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Since 2008, the project expanded across Australia, and 194 people have added their voices to this exhibition. Black on White has now been shown in GaleriaZero, Barcelona Spain, Perth Centre of Photography, WA and Albury Library & Museum, NSW and the State Library of NSW and at the Redfern Community Centre in Sydney. The project was support by the Moran Foundation and the JB Seed Foundation. The collection is stored in the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra.
Special thanks to:
Uncle Merv Bishop, Aunty Barb McGrady and Lorna Munro for their ongoing support.