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Michelle Blakeney of the Yaegl and Wiradjuri Nations

Date of birth:

12 /9/ 1969


Sydney, NSW

Creative Methods:

Photography, Film making & Performance

Artist Statement:

My continued passion is photography and documenting my people’s unique culture and gifts. Photography and video documenting provides a link from the past to the present that is immediate and powerful. It is the healing power of visual imagery that fuels my love for this medium. This idea and continual source of inspiration has sustained and encouraged many of my creative ideas. Through many varied work related projects and continuing experiences, I’m reinforcing how important it is for Indigenous people to tell our own stories.

I am currently a student at Tranby Aboriginal College in my second year of Advanced Dip Aboriginal Studies. In recent years I have undertaken study in theatre and filmmaking at the AFTRS.

I attended the previous NISNMA in Adelaide and I’m currently developing a long-term project, which documents the stories and lives of my family members. In the future this will form an interactive family tree.

I am very grateful to be with other Indigenous artist from such a diverse background. We are all drawn by the need to tell stories through whatever mediums are on offer, which in turn can only benefit and enhance my future digital storytelling. Opportunities such as this provide new media tools for us to utilise as artists. The varied and modern yet still spiritual tools to help preserve, maintain and continue with stories and ideas from an Indigenous perspective.

Contact: [email protected]