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Janet Shillingsworth

Family Keeps Us Going

Portraits and Stories of Families of Aboriginal Nations Living in South-West Sydney

Family Keeps Us Going expresses belonging, identity, memory, culture and land in the families of Aboriginal nations through a powerful series of photographs and oral histories.

Developed by photographer Jagath Dheerasekara in a long-term collaborative project with the storytellers and with Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation’s Waranwarin Child and Family Centre, it showcases families living in south-west Sydney in 2014–15. The selected images reflect the diversity of families and their connections to Country across Australia.

The Library’s acquisition of this work supports our Indigenous Collecting Strategy.

Jagath Dheerasekara is a politically engaged, award-winning photographer whose work also encompasses human rights and oral history. He grew up  in Sri Lanka and now lives and works in Sydney. Jagath, who has received the Amnesty International Human Rights Fund Grant, is a passionate facilitator of community cultural development art projects. 

20 out of these 30 family portraits are on display on Level 1, Macquarie Building until 28 August 2016.