13. 12. 2015

RIVERscience⌘LANDart: community process and narrative

In addition to the wonderful photographs contributed by the community volunteers discussed in my previous blog post, I contributed contextual portrait images I made of these same volunteers undertaking their environmental surveys – these images provided an intimate narrative and added a different artistic element to the science being communicated.

A series of overview text panels were composed, designed and mounted in a similar manner to the images – these provided context, history and location.  To cap it off, I invited the volunteers to composed short narratives about the importance and meaning behind their environmental work – needless to say, these essays were diverse, passionate and inspiring – and adds another creative celebration.

The resulting showcase, consisting of photographs and narratives from the community volunteers, portraits I made of the volunteers, and the contextual information, are brought together to form a traveling exhibition and storyboard for use by the community volunteers to celebrate their activities, history and contributions, while inspiring others.

I focused on designing a showcase that is easily transportable and hung in a variety of community spaces. The goal is for it to travel throughout the Riverland, sharing an inspiring untold story of community passion, commitment and resilience.

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Charles Tambiah


Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.