Wodonga’s Mubal and Bali photography exhibition celebrates motherhood and culture

Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri girl Mahlia McDonald nearly didn’t take part in The Mubal and Bali Pictures Software, but she is happy she modified her head. 

Now her operate is component of a Wodonga exhibition featuring photos of Aboriginal girls and their kids taken by Aboriginal gals, celebrating motherhood and custom.

Ms McDonald, who describes herself as an introvert, said the program provided her with expertise, a love of pictures, and friendship although celebrating Indigenous culture.

“It was a harmless natural environment. We came out of our shells and I met all the women, and we will carry on to be mates,” Ms McDonald stated.

“I located I appreciate doing photography and I will definitely be carrying out it in the long run.

“It was important for us Indigenous mums to master how to do it, so we could acquire it up for a profession if we preferred to.”

The photo shoot was held at the Wonga Wetlands. This graphic was taken by Deneika Charles-McDonald.(Provided: Mubal and Bali Photography Method)

A co-partnership among Wodonga TAFE and the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Wellbeing Company, the Mubal and Bali (Mums and Bubs) Photography Program aimed to provide Aboriginal girls collectively to discover photography capabilities.

It also furnished a stepping stone again into the training program. 

It is hoped the software, which began as a pilot application very last yr, will keep on.

TAFE pictures teacher Tania Martini mentioned the 15-week software, in Victoria’s north-east, taught photography and editing skills whilst capturing photos of mothers and little ones on country.

“It was based on the principle of Aboriginal ladies all over birthing, childhood, and motherhood,” she said.

Brittany Wright, Tania Martini and Mahlia McDonald stand in front of photographs of children and mothers hanging in a gallery
Brittany Wright (remaining), Tania Martini (centre) and Mahlia McDonald say the exhibition celebrates Indigenous culture.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Allison Jess)

Ms Martini reported college students reviewed Aboriginal history, culture and “women’s companies” in the software.

She mentioned they utilized inspiration from these discussions in their photographs by showcasing possum skin cloaks, feathers in headdresses and body paint.

Wellbeing service health promotions officer and challenge coordinator Brittany Wright, who is a Ngarrindjeri woman, said the college students took their pictures on nation at Wonga Wetlands in Albury’s west.

Profile of a young Aboriginal woman's face wearing a feathered head piece.
Sarah Harrison took this photo featuring an Indigenous girl carrying a feathered headpiece.(Provided: Mubal and Bali Pictures Program)

The Wonga Wetlands is a substantial heritage website in the Albury Wodonga location.

It is on a Murray River flood basic and would have been employed by a variety of Aboriginal groups, together with nearby Wiradjuri, Waveroo and Dhudhuroa tribes.

Ms Wright said it was essential that the learners, some of whom also modelled for other learners, had been ready to carry their children to image shoots and classes.

“Childcare can be a barrier and we didn’t want to make that a barrier, so we questioned mums to provide their youngsters together,” she explained.

Two women covered in body paint and wearing cloth dresses sit on a log holding two young girls.
This photograph by Demelsa Wakefield was taken as section of the software that celebrates motherhood and culture.(Equipped: Mubal and Bali Pictures Method)

Ms Martini mentioned learners need to be happy of their operate.

“The photographs are of a superior standard and aesthetically beautiful.

“To see the confidence in the pupils increase as they applied the products and made their capabilities and friendships was truly gratifying for me,” she mentioned.

The Mubal and Bali exhibition is on show at Wodonga TAFE’s Eddie Kneebone Gallery.

Kenneth Proto

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