The Promise of Housing / 7 April

Miriam Charlie, Hole in the ceiling H14, 2019, polaroid photo with handwritten notes, 10.8 x 8.8 cm, courtesy the artist and N.Smith Gallery, Sydney

Miriam Charlie

7 April – 14 May 2022

The exhibition presents Yanyuwa Garrwa elder Miriam Charlie’s 2019 photographic series, ‘The Promise of Housing’. The collection showcases portraits of First Nations residents and their houses in the Northern Territory town of Borroloola. Charlie represents the housing in Borroloola’s town camps and the residents who must endure broken things while waiting for necessary repairs and new houses.

Charlie’s work is complemented by archival materials representing a long history of infrastructural neglect at Borroloola’s town camps, but also consistent efforts made by residents to demand sustained attention to housing provision and infrastructural maintenance.

This exhibition was made possible with assistance from Housing for Health Incubator, University of Sydney, Arts NT, Department of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, NT Government – Emerging Artist Grant 2019

Tin Sheds Gallery

Address 148 City Road, Darlington NSW 2008

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