Artwork represents cultures
THE Gatton Library is hosting an exhibition that celebrates the culture of people who have arrived as refugees from the African continent to settle in Gatton and Toowoomba.
The project is the result of a successful application to the Regional Arts Development Fund by the Queensland Program of Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) in conjunction with PhotoVoice Australia.
Between April and August 2010, seventeen people from Sudan, Sierra Leone, Burundi and Liberia were trained to use cameras to take photographs of their culture to share with the wider community.
Ann Alcock from PhotoVoice Australia said that the participating photographers from Gatton have provided many interesting photographs and stories.
“The African community here was particularly welcoming and keen to share their culture,” Ms Alcock said.
Employing bi-cultural worker Gabriel Pioth who speaks four languages gave new arrivals such as Mohamed Mohamed the opportunity to join the project two months after he arrived in Gatton.
The display consists of six pull-up double-sided banners and accompanying book and will be on library displays until January.