Photography. What do we really know about everyday life on Nauru for Nauruans and everyone else who lives in this community? What do we know about the tumultuous history of this smallest of the Pacific Islands?
Nauru Diary: Impressions of an Island is a mixture of gentle, yet sharp observation through photography and personal diary entries, combined with a small collection of reproduced historic photos from the library archives of the State Library of NSW and State Library of QLD.
Sally McInerney is an established photographer based in Sydney. She travelled on two occasions over the last 12 months to the tiny remote Pacific island of Nauru.
In essence this exhibition is more of a historical collection than a political one, documenting daily life on a little island we Australians are connected to but know very little about, except perhaps for a prevailing negativity in regards to stories or reports of Nauru.
Sally’s previous exhibition was a collection of personal works from her own archive, shown alongside that of her well known photographer mother, Olive Cotton. Olive Cotton & Sally McInerney. Mother & Daughter: A Conversation was shown in May 2014 in Sydney.
Artist Sally McInerney. Gallery Janet Clayton Gallery. Address 406 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney.
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere.
Dates 30 September – 11 October. OPENING Wed 30 Sept 6-8pm.