The Maroondah Art Gallery at 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood (03) 9298 4545 are hosting an Artist Talk with Photojournalist Andy Drewitt on Saturday 15 August 2015 at 1pm. It's a free event, so come along for an afternoon with this award-winning artist and hear the background story to the project 'Displaced Past Times'. You'll hear more about the subjects in the photographs, get to know the artist and hear about the organisation it took to implement this project.
With 19 years of experience as a photographer and journalist, Andy Drewitt's work has been recognised with many awards that include a United Nations Peace Media Prize, two Walkley awards, two Quill awards and two Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher Awards. He's worked as a photographer and journalist for publications that include The Australian, The Age, Herald and Weekly Times, and Leader Community Newspapers. Now a freelance photographer, writer and cinematographer, you can get in touch with him if you need pictures or video for editorial, commercial or other projects. You can also contact him if you think you've got a story that deserves to be heard in the media. Get in touch through his Facebook page or his website.
The exhibition launched on the 20th of June and will continue till 5 September 2015 (however this event is for Saturday 15 August 2015 at 1pm only). Make sure you don't miss out on this poignant collection of images through which Andy Drewitt depicts refugees who have come from a past of war, torture and persecution, undertaking their hobbies and finding a new sense of freedom in these activities. The stark lighting featured in the photographs suggests a theatrical dimension to the everyday activities we often take for granted.
What a bonus if you could make it to this intimate talk with the artist, which would make the exhibition even more meaningful. It was exhibited at the Immigration Museum to coincide with Refugee Week in June before it came to the Maroondah Art Gallery.
Twana Nwri a Kurd who escaped Iraq and is pictured night fishing at Safety Beach