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‘Trucked Off’ will be created and performed as a complement to the Looking Through Windows exhibition at Redfern 107 Gallery, Sydney 14-25 November 2018.
The creative project explores the removal, dispossession and 'protection' of Aboriginal people in NSW.
‘Trucked Off’, and the Looking Through Windows project, engages with Aboriginal communities in Armidale, Bourke, Brewarrina, Campbelltown and Redfern – providing an opportunity for Aboriginal community members to access, endorse and take ownership of their stories, shared histories and creative artworks around removal, and to hear ‘the past echoing in the present’ as Elders share their experiences of being ‘Fenced In’ and ‘Locked Up’.
‘Trucked Off’ will be an immersive, interactive performance reflecting shared memories of forced removal. It will utilise the central prop of an Old Mission Truck (a 1930s Dodge Truck).Elders will reflect, remember, re-experience and re-story a historically important place and time.
Over several months and through a series of creative workshops in community, professional and emerging artists will collect oral histories, photograph and video document the creation and then the immersive performance (by artists, Elders and gallery visitors) of ‘Trucked Off’.
They will also transform Elders stories into song and poetry to be performed and included in the exhibition – a valuable record for the community and a way to use current technology to share history and culture.