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The exhibition will be held in Galerie des pas Perdus (A building, level 3) in the United Nations in Geneva from 17 June – 3 July

The exhibition showcases the real-life achievements, experiences and challenges faced by Australian Indigenous women.  

The exhibition is interactive.  Audiences are able to view simultaneously the beautiful photographic images, whilst also connecting to interviews to hear the personal stories of these women – told in their own words.

Her Image, Her Voice, Her Story

  A photographic journey with Australian Indigenous Women - Mamirnikuwi Warnta

by Australian Aboriginal storyteller A.Professor Wayne Quilliam.

This series of work A photographic journey with Australian Indigenous Women, celebrates the diversity and strength of Australian Indigenous Women. Its traditional language title is Mali dharngurr, which means photo reflection of voice and word in Yolngu Mata languag

e.Indigenous Women of Australia Photographic Exhibition United Nations in New York Feb 27 2017

Mali dharngurr - this means photo reflection of voice/word in Yolngu Mata language focuses on the empowerment of women and girls and increasing progress towards gender equality domestically, regionally and internationally.  The work showcases the real life achievements, experiences and challenges faced by Australian Indigenous women.  Internationally recognised Aboriginal photographic storyteller A.Professor Wayne Quilliam collaborated with Indigenous women throughout the country to record their stories and images in an interactive exhibition that incorporates QRT codes to connect interviews and hear the stories of these women, told in their own words and illustrating both their diversity and their strength.

The exhibition will be located in the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 27 Feb – 17 March 2017.  The official opening of the exhibition is in the evening of Monday 27 Feb 2017 at 6.15pm

Evoking a myriad of emotive commentaries Mali dharngurr is a living, evolving series of photographic stories from Indigenous women across Australia.  Challenging the myths of a people frozen in time, this series of socially diverse photographs is a visual narrative, a confronting commentary deconstructing the ideology of an ancient culture evolving in contemporary society.  A.Professor Wayne Quilliam one of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal digital storytellers explains, “When asked to collect and curate an exhibition on Indigenous women, I was very conscious of philosophising a prescribed culturally gendered perspective.  In a paternally evolving culture was it my place to conjure a conceptual environment discussing women’s business.  To offer a prescriptive view I sought the counsel of numerous women with a resounding affirmation my role was to record, document and share their stories”.

These stories are a contradictory, spiritualised, ideological series of what it is to be an Indigenous women living in a contemporary society. The contradictions that have to be faced on this dimension are often related to the tension between purpose and absurdity, hope and despair, femineity and sisterhood.

A.Professor Wayne Quilliam