The exhibition was a culmination of many months of hard work and dedication.
The event was supported by the school’s Bibliothèque staff, Art Department, IGS Teacher Lucy Howard-Shibuya, senior staff members, and the IGS Maintenance team, and attended by parents, students, and other community members.
Students’ Major Works included beautiful artistic pieces in visual arts, design, film, music, photography, and textiles, as well as academic and creative pieces of writing about issues ranging from the Stolen Generations survivors to the incorporation of Aboriginal artwork into town planning.
Head of Indigenous Education and Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies Teacher Jade Carr said visitors from all across our community were blown away by the creativity and dedication shown by the students.
“Life-size statues and game boards adorned the walls and shelves of the new Bibliothèque while people were drawn in by the pre-recorded keynote speech of our special guest Tom Calma AO,” she said.
“I am blown away by the major projects that have been produced this year. Each year you don’t think that it can get any better, and then the students produce these amazing original contributions.
“Unfortunately, due to the small candidature of the Aboriginal Studies HSC course, there is no external State-wide exhibition to recognise their talent, so this showcase is extremely important.
“I have been receiving emails from parents since the night congratulating all students on their work.”
Jed Payten’s Major Work titled Absence examines the intergenerational trauma experienced by First Nations people.
“It focuses on exploring the importance of male role models within the Aboriginal community and the damaging stereotype of absent fathers,” Jed said.
“Absence highlights family structures without a paternal presence in order to dispel this as a cultural stereotype and show it to be the direct result of continuing colonial policies.”
Kaija Du created The Australian Oracle for her Major Work, a newspaper that tells uplifting stories of hope about Aboriginal people across Australia and the great things that they are doing to change art, politics and the environment.
“It combines different stories that remain untold in mainstream media but are paving the way for a more inclusive future.”
Rory Kerr’s Major Work Uplifting is a visual representation of prominent Indigenous role models in the community.
Rory said he wanted to highlight their role in inspiring and uplifting future generations of Indigenous people, to break the cycle.
We congratulate all Aboriginal Studies students on their exceptional work.