Jumbunna Research Team as a part of Reconciliation week, is helping to shed light on the growing issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders incarceration and Death in Custody levels increasing.
On Wednesday the unit will launch the exhibition “Sorry For Your Loss” at Boomalli Gallery, a collaborative community driven multi sensory installation work.
On Thursday a panel will happen at the Metcalfe Auditorium at the NSW State Library.
The exhibition will continue until the 10th of June 2018.
To reserve tickets for the panel the details are below.
The exhibition is a cell block that once you enter into it, there are elements that help to create a full story of the issues and differing artworks.
Audio Visual piece – is giving the ownership of these women back from being a statistic and placing voice on the stories of our women.
The Possum Cloak was made by the Jumbunna crew and community coming together to tell a story. The 48 panel represent the women we have lost since 1987.
The work that Jumbunna Research has done in reports and coronial support and the like informed the artwork and the reimagining of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC). It is important that these papers and recommendations don’t just sit on a shelf and gain dust, we have to find solutions and outcomes. The work has been done to work through recommendations, we need to have some action around these Commissions that are done on our communities.
The report was repurposed into artwork around the cell block. We hope people will take time to reflect on the volumes and hours of work our community gave to these reports and the recommendations are still as valid today as they were over 25 years ago.
We hope this exhibition will trigger conversation, and with that in mind the panel on the 31st will be facilitated by Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, one of the creatives behind Sorry For Your Loss.
On the Panel:
– Professor Chris Cunneen one of the leading criminologists specialising in Indigenous people and the law, juvenile justice, restorative justice, policing, prison issues and human rights.
– Dr Amanda Porter a senior researcher at Jumbunna with a focus on politics of policing and police reform since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
-George Newhouse, a Human Rights Lawyer who is the principal solicitor of the National Justice Project.
-Craig Longman, Head of Legal Strategies at Jumbunna who runs a teaching clinic supporting ATSI clients and communities in the development and implementation of legal strategies, working with organisations like National Justice Project, Legal Aid to advocate for the community. He is also a barrister.
We hope to utilise this work around the community over the next year. Lets remove our mob from being statistical data and give them a voice.