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Mount Liebig Photography Project 2004 Opens May 11 • Wednesday May 5, 2010

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will exhibit the Mount Liebig Photography Project 2004 May 11 – August 15, 2010. In 2004, photographer Simon Davidson visited Amunturrngu at the invitation of the community arts coordinator. He was invited to work with young people on a photography project initially devised as a petrol sniffing diversion program.

After some familiarization in the basics of lighting and composition, 19 young people were given 35 mm disposable cameras for the purpose of documenting their daily lives. Their instructions were to ‘tell a story’ with every picture.

The participants created 111 images, 16 of which appear in this exhibit. One photograph, Untitled 20 by Patrick Collins Tjapaltjarri, was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2005 and appears in John Ogden’s book Portraits from a Land Without People.

The exhibit shows the realities of life in Amunturrngu, including images of young people sniffing petrol. The subjects of these pictures gave permission for their public display because they are proud that petrol sniffing has been eradicated in the community.

Davidson says, “The photographs take us on an intimate journey into people’s lives to show us how the Mount Liebig community sees itself. No outsider could capture these images with so much honesty.”

Three contemporary paintings by Mount Liebig artists Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Wentja Napaltjarri and Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri will also be shown. This exhibition was loaned by Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu and Peta Appleyard Gallery, Alice Springs.

Image: Patrick Collins Tjapaltjarri, Untitled 20, 2004. Courtesy of Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu and Peta Appleyard Gallery.