Green Heart Gallery
Because of Her, We Can!
Because of Her, We can! is a NAIDOC Week exhibition by Ara Palka (Colleen Strangways) featuring photographic portraits of Aboriginal women and their families.
Artist Name: Ara Palka (Colleen Stragways)
Gallery Location: Level 2, Zone D — near Hospital Café.
Exhibition Dates: 28 June – 1 August 2018
Image Credit: Ara Palka, Family (Naomi and Michael Clinch with baby Danny), 2017.
Titled with the official NAIDOC Week theme, Because of Her, We can!, the exhibition celebrates the role of Aboriginal Women in caring for families, communities and culture. A strong Arabunna woman herself, Ara Palka’s photographs show the women’s strength, and her work conveys the ongoing importance of culture in pregnancy, birth and caring for children.
The photographs in this exhibition are striking portraits of Aboriginal women – mothers-to-be, grandmothers, daughters, aunties and community leaders. For Ara Palka it is so important to show strong, positive images of Aboriginal families.
“This year’s theme for NAIDOC is truly empowering for the Aboriginal women all over Australia. it is the cultural sisterhood and backbone of our people, from our elders and our young. This is the sisterhood that I am born into; my daughters, my sisters, my mothers, my Aunties, my Nana’s… but most of all my people.”
Under the theme – Because of her, we can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to communities, families, and to our nation.
For purchase enquiries please contact the WCH Foundation by email or phone 08 8464 7900.
Download a copy of the Because of Her, We Can! Exhibition Brochure.