LETTING GO: Malinda Flynn with her work Shedding Skin exhibited as part of Through Our Dark Eyes at Jambana Aboriginal Art Gallery in Casino.
LETTING GO: Malinda Flynn with her work Shedding Skin exhibited as part of Through Our Dark Eyes at Jambana Aboriginal Art Gallery in Casino. Doug Eaton

Dark Eyes telling tales

LEADERSHIP and resilience, grief and loss and re-creating ceremony were themes examined by a group of Aboriginal women and students for works that went on display at the Jambana Aboriginal Art Gallery at Casino yesterday.

The Through Our Dark Eyes exhibition brought together photographs, face masks and paintings created by the group after a series of workshops produced by Spirit Dreaming with State Government funding.

Workshop facilitator and Spirit Dreaming chairwoman Nicoline Shor explained there were three different components to the workshops and exhibition.

Face masks that represented each of the different stages of the grieving process were produced by women who took part in the grief and loss workshops.

Through creating the masks the women were able to identify where they were in the process and were assisted to move toward accepting the loss, which was the topic of their work.

For the leadership and resilience section, students from Kyogle High School produced photographic works.

"Our objective for them was to create a space where they realised what leadership and resilience was, and to give them permission to be leaders," Ms Shor said.

"(Sometimes that) is too scary, too complicated or too difficult ... (but) our aim was to encourage and empower them to find the strength to stand up and to be the leaders of the future for Aboriginal people without feeling bad about it."

Malinda Flynn exhibited works for the third section - re-creating ceremony.

"The title is Shedding Skin because the challenge in recreating Aboriginal women's ceremonies was the letting go of trans-generational trauma from our history," she said.

"This represented my transformation through that trauma and through that healing.

"For me (it represented) letting go of old patterns of thinking that were related to trauma and to be more in the present."

Through Our Dark Eyes will show at the gallery at Cassino Drive, Casino for the next four weeks.



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