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Stories of the Gunditjmara people and country told in powerful monochrome snaps

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Award-winning Gunditjmara artist Hayley Millar-Baker uses black and white photography and digital technology to explore history, culture, stories and Country.

Photographer Hayley Millar-Baker hails from the Gunditjmara people of Western Victoria. She uses a variety of approaches to photography seeking to recover and recount personal narratives - drawing strength from her bloodlines and inherited histories.

Series of Unwarranted events
A Series of Unwarranted Events, 2018
Courtesy of the artist

In an interview with NITV Radio, Hayley Millar-Baker describes the stories behind her dream-like black and white photographs. She also reveals her inspiration and process of creation.

Ms Millar-Baker has garnered many accolades for her work. Most recently she won the John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship and will receive a cash prize for her creation, A Series of Unwarranted Events.

This winning art-work portrays stories of the Gunditjmara people that expose realities of life during the colonisation of their country. 

And you ask yourself, where are the people? But the people aren't there.... Because the people have been killed

The European invasion of western Victoria - where Gunditjmara country is located - was violent, with killings and massacres of Aboriginal people too many to count.

Millar-Baker portrays these events in a very inspirational way, demanding the audience to pause and reflect on what happened there. Yet, her images are not graphic.

She has also been selected as a feature artist in the 2021 International Festival of Photography.

  

A Series of Unwarranted Events, 2018
A Series of Unwarranted Events, 2018
Courtesy of the artist

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