It feels like yesterday that Elisa and I were installing the beautiful portraits featured in the exhibition A Thousand Words, and now it’s time to say goodbye to all of those familiar faces that greeted us every morning in kuril dhagun. A Thousand Words has officially come to an end and we’re in the process of packing the works to be sent back home.
On behalf of the team from kuril dhagun and all of the visitors to the space over the last 5 months, I would like to congratulate and thank the artists Cheryl Creed and Nickeema Williams for their dedication to the project; and all of the people who we filmed to create the digital stories to accompany their portraits.
We’ve had overwhelmingly positive responses to the exhibition, with a lot of people saying that they’ve learnt a lot about the contemporary stories and connections in our communities through the portraits, as well as our mob appreciating the beauty and spirit in the works.
These are some of the comments from our Visitor’s Book…
‘Beautiful work my sister’ – M
‘Thank you beautiful tiddas’ – Nhariah
‘Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the wider community’ – Colleen
‘Inspiring to witness strong women creatively representing there culture and community’ – Karlie
‘Absolutely incredible’ – Stef and Andy
‘Too Deadly’ – Danielle
‘Just beautiful, so talented, congrats girls’ – Jayne
‘Some incredible and amazing art; moving words and an inspiring exhibition! Interesting display and information centre’ – Sarah
One of the highlights for me were when we invited Cheryl and Nickeema to kuril dhagun to view the exhibition the day before it opened (and give us the ok!), back in December last year. Watching them see the works hung for the first time was such a powerful moment which reminded me why I love my job so much. There may have been a few tears in the room when we sat down to watch the digital stories for the first time. The launch of the exhibition was also the first time that most of the community had seen their portraits. It was truly an afternoon full of emotion!
Stay tuned for what’s about to come with Elisa’s post below!
– Katina (Exhibition Officer)