Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mabo Day Celebration in Melbourne



The Koorie Heritage Trust and Federation Square, Melbourne, commemorated the Landmark High Court of Australia's Mabo Decision with a Community Picnic and Celebration on 3 June 2017.

Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander who fought to change Australian laws on land ownership. The decision made 25 years ago on 3 June 1992 recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights as the traditional owners of their land.

I spent a beautiful winter's afternoon at Birrarung, River Terrace listening to great music performances by the Maza Sisters (Lisa and Rachael Maza), The Jess's (Jessie Lloyd and Jessica Hitchcock), Zenedth Kes Les (John Wayne Parsons, Luke Captain & Fred Gesha) and the Liz Cavanagh Ensemble.


Rachael Maza.

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Lisa Maza.
Lisa also acted as the MC.





Handing out  information on Mabo Day by Torres Strait Islander Elder Ellen Jose.

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John Wayne Parsons with Jessica Hitchcock and Jessie Lloyd before their gigs.

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Artist Clinton Nain led children's activities.

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Local Meriam chef Nornie Bero gave a cooking demonstration making traditional Torres Strait Islander sweets.

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The Jess's.

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Zenedth Kes Les: Fred Gesha, Luke Captain and John Wayne Parsons.

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Mabo Day painting - a collaborative effort by the children.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Peter Singer


I am pleased that the philosopher Peter Singer has chosen my photographic portrait of him for the cover of the Polish edition of 'Pushing time away. My grandfather and the tragedy of Jewish Vienna.' 

My copy of the just released book arrived in the mail from Poland last week.



©  Barbara Oehring 2017






Ponad czasem is published by Wydawnictwo Akademickie SEDNO.
www.wydawnictwosedno.pl



Friday, April 21, 2017

AddOn - Head On Photo Festival 2017


I am delighted to again participate in the AddOn exhibition of Head On Photo Festival in Sydney.

AddOn will run from 6 - 14 May 2017 at Paddington Town Hall.







For full details please go to: https://www.headon.com.au/exhibitions/addon-2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Louise Hearman Survey at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Last week I went to see the first survey of the work of Australian artist Louise Hearman curated by Anna Davis at TarraWarra Museum of Art. Through conversations with the artist the curator focused on feelings and sensations rather than a chronological or thematic configuration.

I have been intrigued by Hearman's paintings in the past. This beautiful exhibition includes more than 50 oil paintings and 25 works on paper from across her 25-year practice. I was surprised to also find in the survey two more recent larger-scale digital prints.


Louise Hearman, installation view, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 18 February – 14 May 2017
Exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Photo: Andrew Curtis





On Saturday 18 March 2017 I attended the Meet the artist: Louise Hearman event. A lively discussion was held between the panel.

The panel left to right: Anna Davis, Fiona Gruber, Louise Hearman
Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017



Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to watch a studio video interview between the curator Anna Davis and the artist Louise Hearman about her work practice.

Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017



I ventured outside the gallery space into the wonderful grounds of the TarraWarra Estate.

Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017




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For up-to-date information please visit:

TarraWarra Museum of Art






Monday, February 20, 2017

GAIA Exhibition


I am delighted to again take part in the annual Women Photographers' exhibition in Melbourne.

GAIA - Mother Earth is the theme for this year's show in which 19 women photographers are participating. The exhibition will be held at Magnet Galleries, Melbourne from 2 - 25 March 2017.
It promises to be a wonderful event.





MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
A great opportunity to meet some of the exhibitors in GAIA and discuss their work.

SATURDAY 4 MARCH
Amy Feldtman               1-4pm

SUNDAY 5 MARCH
Wendy Currie                11am -3pm
Carmel  Riordan            1- 4pm

SUNDAY 12 MARCH
Barbara Oehring            1 - 4pm










Friday, February 3, 2017

Belgrave Survival Day 2017 - The Photos

The 10th Anniversary of Belgrave Survival Day was celebrated by a wonderful crowd of people on 26 January 2017. The many volunteers did a marvellous job both preparing for the festival and making sure the event ran smoothly.

I am following up my previous post 'Belgrave Survival Day 2017' with a selection of photos I took on the day.


Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson gave a powerful speech.

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The crowd at Borthwick Park.

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Getting the fire ready for a smoking ceremony.

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Entering the healing smoke.

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Borthwick Park playground.

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Gnarnayarrahe Waitairi (Uncle Joey), a regular performer at Belgrave Survival Day.

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Aurelio Denasha and Uncle Bill.
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There were information stalls and displays about Indigenous culture.

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MC Tim Kanoa.

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The performances by the Mullum Mullum Choir and Hip Hop crew were much appreciated.

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Mandy Nicholson again led her Djirri Djirri Dance Group.


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