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Wendy Mocke

The ‘m e r i’ project

29 October — 11 December 2021

NorthSite | Gallery 1

Wendy Mocke, Nalisa (detail), 2019, c-type photographic print. Courtesy of the Artist.

Through the journey of developing this project, I have been a mixture of inspired, heartbroken, enraged, ecstatic but ultimately fall in constant awe of the unwavering deep sense of commitment and fortitude these women harness. I'm hoping m e r i will pry open doors once sealed tightly shut, to allow the courage of these women's words to speak their truth to power.  ”

The ‘m e r i’ project is a collection of photographs and stories, initiated as a result of lived experiences, personal growth and conversations with young Papua New Guinean women. Whilst unpacking questions surrounding cultural identity and Black womanhood, I encountered a recurring theme: Young PNG women often felt silenced and often fight against a limited vision of what was deemed possible for themselves. The common portrayal of PNG women in western media is often associated with tragedy or poverty. This narrative is not only damaging to the identity of these women but further silences them.

The creative concept of the ‘m e r i’ project focuses on the re-contextualising of PNG women. It allows PNG women to voice, reshape and guide their own narratives. This idea will be artistically explored through photography, written text and oral storytelling of and from these women.

In late 2021, after several years of research and content gathering, the ‘m e r i’ project will be exhibited and the community can finally see and hear the voices of young PNG women taking up space and shaping their own narratives.

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Can not wait to see this!

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Iam very proud of you beautiful young PNG women

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Iam so Happy to hear of this exhibition, and so wonderful to see the Empowerment of Png young women!

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