In preparing to re-imagine and present my local project for Canberra next month I have been reflecting upon my exhibition in Murray Bridge (otherworldly camera obscura projections inside old railway carriages along the riverbank, and personal stories exhibited in postcard and digital formats).
I was thrilled with the stories that emerged during the project as they were incredibly diverse and encompassed a range of personal, historical, environmental, social and political perspectives. I was also pleased to receive written feedback affirming my desire to encourage people to look at their river in a different way, including one woman who told me that my work enabled her to look at a part of her life with fresh eyes.
The community participation in this project has allowed me to reflect upon the way in which I can tell stories through my work, and also the capacity of multiple fragmented viewpoints to in fact heighten reality and enable us to see the world anew. I am looking forward to re-developing the work for Canberra and discovering the new perspectives that will emerge, as the very nature of camera obscura projections is that they are always temporal and subjective.
I would like to acknowledge the many local community individuals (indigenous and non-indigenous), and groups that participated in this project including the Riverboat, Rail and Steam Group, Edwards Crossing Writers Group, Imagine Arts and Cultural Action Group, Regional Art Society, River Murray Youth Council, Murray Bridge Historical Society, Murray Watch, and the Murray Bridge Rowing Club.