Building Community18 Jun 2019

Looking at our shared history “from another view”

Focusing on John Forrest’s iconic 1874 trek, From Another View considers WA’s colonial exploration history from multiple perspectives.

From Another View exhibition opening
Spanning two metro sites, the From Another View exhibition runs throughout June at the State Library and Gallery Central at the North Metropolitan Tafe before touring to Geraldton.

Minderoo Foundation is proud to partner with the State Library of WA for From Another View – a unique project which explores the legacy of John Forrest’s 1874 expedition from Champion Bay to Adelaide. This historic journey informed Australia’s first colonial understandings of Western and South Australian geography.

By re-imagining Forrest’s trek from multiple creative and community perspectives, From Another View contributes to a more balanced and inclusive understanding of Western Australia’s history.

The project highlights Aboriginal perspectives and voices, and juxtaposes indigenous and non-indigenous understandings of country.

The exhibition features work by artist Bill Gannon, who followed a path close to Forrest’s original trek route, and painted creative responses to his journey. Also on display are works from the Indigenous Creative Fellows from Yamaji Country, Western Desert, and Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

State Library staff travelled throughout WA to speak with Yamaji, Martu, and Yarnangu/Anangu/Yanangu peoples about the history of colonial explorers in their country.

As part of its research, the State Library also used its online platform of Aboriginal heritage materials and storylines, to identify and return photographs of Aboriginal peoples to their family members.

In addition to the creative displays, the exhibition features archival material, photographs and cumulative research undertaken for the project.

The exhibition opened on Thursday, May 7th, the 100th anniversary of Sir John Forrest’s state burial.

Spanning three different sites, parts of the exhibition and project are on display at the State Library, North Metro TAFE and the Museum of Geraldton until July 26th.

The State Library of Western Australia welcomes any additional information the public may have on the materials featured in the exhibition and its catalogue. The project is proudly curated in consultation with Aboriginal community groups,

Exhibition details:

The exhibitions span three sites:

  • The State Library (7 May – 19 July 2019)
  • Gallery Central, North Metro TAFE (30 May – 22 June 2019)*
  • Museum of Geraldton (1–26 July 2019)*

*the Museum of Geraldton and Gallery Central will feature creative responses from Bill Gannon and Aboriginal Creative Fellows.

Ella McNeill
by Ella McNeill
Ella McNeill manages Minderoo Foundation’s Arts and Culture portfolio, overseeing Minderoo Foundation’s investments and relationships with these partners. Ella has extensive experience in the not-for-profit arts sector in Australia and overseas, working across international arts festivals, film, and arts for social change organisations. Ella holds a BA in Arts Management from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
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