Arts project sheds light on sorry tale

Lou Bennett and Pauline Clague at work on the 'Sorry For Your Loss' project.

The stories of Aboriginal women who have died in custody are being told in a new project in Sydney.

Titled ‘Sorry For Your Loss’, the project is made up of artwork and visual and audio performances set in a cell block.

It’s the work of Indigenous creatives and academics Professor Larissa Behrendt, Associate Professor Pauline Clague, Dr Lou Bennett and Dr Romaine Moreton and community members.

“The hope is that the installation piece will visit communities and create dialogue around the ever-growing numbers of our women being incarcerated in the jail system,” Prof Behrendt said.

A traditional possum skin cloak has also been made to represent the deceased women.

Aboriginal women from across Sydney were involved in its creation.

“We hope this installation will allow us to heal and continue the work each day in a powerful way, honouring these women,” Ms Clague said.

The installation will be launched on May 30 during Reconciliation Week.

The exhibition will be open to the public from May 31 to June 10 at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, 55-59 Flood Street, Leichhardt in Sydney.





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