Barbara McGrady’s Deadly Moments Snapped to Life

For over half a century, highly esteemed Gamilaraay-Murri Yinnah Elder Barbara McGrady has championed Blak beauty, strength, resilience, and excellence with her deep spiritual connection to Country. She is Australia’s first Indigenous photojournalist.


Her major solo exhibition: Ngiyaningy Maran Yaliwaunga Ngaara-li , translated as ‘Our ancestors are always watching’, was originally commissioned in 2020 for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. It will return to Campbelltown Arts Centre on display from 6 July to 13 October. In Barbara’s words, it’s “a kaleidoscopic compendium of Aboriginal contemporary history”. Exhibit curator Isabelle Morgan joined Jono on Tuesday Drive to chat more.


The exhibition is free with RSVP. You can do so here.


Photograph by Zan Wimberley: Barbara McGrady (with John Janson-Moore), ‘Ngiyaningy Maran Yaliwaunga Ngaara-li (Our Ancestors Are Always Watching)’, 2020. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Campbelltown Arts Centre. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from the Australia Council for the Arts. Courtesy the artist.

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