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Here and Now: Waterloo
In 2015 the New South Wales State Government announced plans to redevelop the suburbs of Waterloo and Redfern, areas densely concentrated with public housing buildings, demolishing the existing housing stock (including the twin towers ‘Matavai’ and ‘Turanga’, the 30-storey blocks formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1977) and replacing it with a mix of public and privately owned apartment buildings. The revitalised suburbs will be served by the new Waterloo underground station as part of the proposed Sydney metro line.
Photographer Fiona Wolf-Symeonides was drawn to the area and has documented the community as it exists now, capturing the people, streetscapes and buildings in the lead up to the change. The photographs, recently acquired by the Library, highlight the diversity of the community and the individuals and families who call Waterloo home.
A selection of 20 of these photographs, ‘Here and Now: Waterloo’, will be on display in the Level 1 gallery, Macquarie Street building, from 1 March.
Join Waterloo photographer Fiona Wolf-Symeonides and curator Anna Corkhill as they discuss the displayed works with members of the Waterloo community.
Image: Façade with balconies of Daniel Solander Building, 180 Pitt Street, Waterloo, NSW, 29 June 2017, Fiona Wolf-Symeonides, 2017.