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Silent Witness: A Window to the Past

27 May 2020 - 3 June 2020


Artist(s): Uncle Jim Berg


National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Silent Witness: A Window to the Past is a powerful body of work, originally developed in collaboration with Melbourne Museum, that tells the stories of People and Country through the photographic portraiture of scar trees from Wotjobaluk Country by Gunditjmara Elder, and Moonee Valley resident, Uncle Jim Berg.

The immersive exhibition has been translated to a video experience. This creates the special opportunity to take a moment at home to be still and engage with the photographic images and accompanying original poetry by Uncle Jim Berg and Wotjobaluk artist and writer Kat Clarke as they transport you to the banks of the Wimmera River.

Their poetry is meditative, personal and hopeful. It forms a bridge between generations and offers moments of quiet contemplation to reflect on this year’s Reconciliation Week In This Together, a phrase that takes on new significance in our current climate.

Silent Witness: A Window to the Past the exhibition will be presented in its physical form in 2021.

Image: Uncle Jim Berg