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FORM curator Sharmila Wood
talks about the uniqueness of the
Pilbara Stories exhibition, and why
Port Hedland is “essentially quite
a cosmopolitan town”.
Most people think of the Pilbara as being hostile
In contrast to the Kimberley and central Australia,
it’s seen as a bit of a cultural void. Pilbara Stories
unveils a different side of the region – one that’s
culturally rich and diverse. There is something
like 52 different nationalities in Port Hedland,
and it’s truly multicultural in the sense that they
live together harmoniously.
The human capital that drives the region has
often been marginalised.
Portraiture gives a new perspective on this. It’s
not just about social documentation. The photographers
have such different styles, it allows for multiple
perspectives. The exhibition is really about seeing the
Pilbara, and its people, through their lens.
I’ve been overwhelmed by how open and generous
people are in sharing their stories.
Most people who live in the Pilbara are very passionate
about it. I don’t know if it’s because of the sense of
space, monumental industry or something to do with
the colour up there – I think these things combine to
make an impression.
It was amazing to meet people from Tasmania, Melbourne
and New Zealand who fly into Port Hedland for work.
It’s a place that provides opportunities they don’t have at
home. That huge movement of people is fascinating. There
are now direct flights from Port Hedland to the east coast.
There are a lot of optimists and dreamers in the Pilbara.
We met a self-sufficient prospector who built himself a
spinifex shed and grows all his own vegetables. Another
couple we spoke to regularly go prospecting, and they’ve
found minerals up there that can’t be found anywhere else
in the world – including one that can only otherwise be
found on the moon.
For Western Australia, I think the Pilbara gives
us a distinctive place in Australia.
A lot of the photographers told me they would like to
return, and do more work in the region. There’s nowhere
else like it in the world.
Pilbara Stories: from February 7, FORM Gallery, Perth; from
February 14, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland.
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