Exhibition on Noongar history

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on October 18, 2019

YUWAALARAAY woman Tahlia Palmer has amalgamated her experiences as a visitor to Menang country in an exhibition opening this week at Vancouver Arts Centre.

Originally from New South Wales but most recently from Perth, Palmer arrived in Albany at the start of the year to explore Albany and its Indigenous connections.

Upon the completion of her exhibition Kinjarling Studies, she hopes to return to her country, Yuwaalaraay country, and create a similar exhibition.

Palmer said she was “really struck” by the beauty of the Albany area.

“I was really inspired and fascinated by the Noongar history here,” she said.

“I wanted to pay homage to that.”

Palmer has done so with the creation of a series of embroidery works, photography and videography.

The Kalgan Fish Traps, The Gap and Porongurup are some of the many locations she visited and gained inspiration from for each of the artworks.

The soundtracks of her videography work – which she recorded while on location in various areas – will be sold separately as a stand-alone album.

“It’s a way for people to connect with the beauty they see here with something a bit deeper than the European history,” Palmer said.

Kinjarling Studies will open this Friday with a special get-together for all to attend from 6-8pm and close on November 21.