Michael Jalaru Torres
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SCAR is a project of capturing the beauty of traditional designs of Australia's first peoples, using photographs and then carving the prints with lines of cultural design language and also expressing the trauma of generational oppression from first and second contact. These painted and scarification designs on skin and country are a beautiful reminder of Indigenous culture and the survival of this nations first peoples.
I am an Indigenous photographer and media professional from Broome, Western Australia.
As a Djugan and Yawuru man with tribal connections to Jabirr Jabirr and Gooniyandi people, I am inspired by the unique landscapes and people of the Kimberley region, which feature prominently in my work.
My photography draws on my own stories and personal history and explores contemporary social and political issues facing Indigenous people. Much of my work involves conceptual and innovative portraiture and abstract landscape photography.
Through my portraits of people taken ‘on country’ I promote positive and individualised representations of Indigenous people. I also incorporate etching, drawing and other design work into my conceptual photography, combining traditional and iconic Kimberley imagery within a modern aesthetic.
I am a self-taught photographer and was drawn to photography as a visual medium because of its accessibility and the challenge of capturing stories in single images. I experiment regularly with different mediums, and I am interested in expanding my photography into installations and motion work and pushing the boundaries of how conceptual photography can be used in virtual reality.
My photography has appeared in exhibitions in Sydney, Perth and regional Western Australia. In 2017 I held two solo exhibitions in Perth, Scar and Scar II, which explored traditional and contemporary ways of marking bodies, minds and country.
Festival Hub - Paddington Town Hall
249 Oxford St
Paddington NSW 2021