Coinciding with Shinju Matsuri, academic, artist and human rights advocate Deborah Ruiz Wall’s exhibition reveals a fresh perspective on the connection between indigenous people and their country.
Deborah is two years into a three year scholarship with the University of Western Sydney, which has helped her with her research, including a thesis on the Kimberley traditional owners and their negotiations with government about the proposed gas hub at James Price Point (Walmadan). Her exhibition will include launching of her poetry book Reconciliation, Love and Other Poems, poetry readings, and showing of photography featuring Kimberley landscapes. Shinju patron Kevin Puertollano will open the exhibition.
Deborah said she has been fascinated by interviewing local elders for her current thesis, exploring just how important and connected country is to the indigenous people of the Kimberley. “It is about finding a match between development and culture,” she says.