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Humaninside, an exhibition at the Fremantle Prison Gallery running until 2 December, explores the lives and stories of Indigenous Australians and their experiences with the criminal justice system.
Indigenous Australians, art and the justice system
The Freemantle Prison has been host to a disproportionately high number of young Indigenous men. But their stories will be told through new means this month when the Fremantle Prison Gallery hosts Humaninside, a multidisciplinary exhibition concerned with local Indigenous families and their experiences with the criminal justice system, particularly as they involve Fremantle Prison. Sponsored by the Fremantle Art Centre, Humaninside will examine the issues surrounding the abnormally high Indigenous youth incarceration rate in Western Australia’s prisons and the impact this has on the families of the prisoners. Humaninside is a collaboration between artist Tania Ferrier, photographer James Kerr and Indigenous film maker Glen Stasiuk. With a focus on the personal histories of Western Australian Indigenous families, Humaninside provides a platform for these individuals and groups to relate their experiences and personal histories in an engaging and thought-provoking way to the public. Catalogue essays are provided by Jim Morrison and Lily Hibberd, while the public is also invited to attend a guest speaker forum held in the gallery on 24 November. For 28 years Tania Ferrier has been a major feature of Western Australian art. Her work has been displayed at the Federal Law Courts, Parliament House and the Albany Art Collection, among many others. She has received awards for her art that include the Bunbury Biennale Award, the Albury Art Award and the Jessie Bower Award. Her collaborations in her work with Indigenous elders and James Kerr have led her to head the Humaninside exhibition. James Kerr is a resident of Fremantle and has published three books of photography: Moments, Mono Freo and Journey. He has covered many local events and has worked on various media projects in camera and lighting. Joining Kerr and Ferrier is Glen Stasiuk, prolific filmmaker and director of the award-winning The Forgotten, a film exploring the contribution of Indigenous Australians to Australia’s armed forces in the 20th century. Through audio interviews, photography and film, Humaninside will offer the public a unique opportunity to experience the perspectives of those affected most by the Australian criminal justice system. Humaninside runs from 13 October to 2 December at the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison Gallery, 1 The Terrace, Fremantle. Admission is free.

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