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UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY LUNA CINEMA Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 19, 2019

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Albert Wiggin Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Last night’s viewing and Q and A at Luna Leederville introduced Perth to Albert Wiggin and participants in the film UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY and provided  insight into the issues affecting the people of the the Kimberley and their stories of the battles that still need to be fought to preserve a pristine treasure for Australians and the world.

Eddie Bear, Alfie and Nancy White at Luna post screening Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Award-winning director Nicholas Wrathall investigates the true costs of development in the world-famous Kimberley, where mega-mining and pastoral developments threaten not just the pristine environment but more than 200 Indigenous communities and their peoples’ sacred links to Country.

Kimberley Traditional Owners – including activist, musician and Bardi man Albert Wiggan and academic and Yimardoowarra woman Dr Anne Poelina – question what meaningful negotiation looks like and offer humanising portraits of those at the centre of this battle in Australia’s spectacular north-west corner, which governments aspire to make “the future economic powerhouse of Australia”. With the highest percentage of Aboriginal people living on Country in Australia, what will this mean for the Kimberley’s custodians, lands and cultures, and will they survive these pressures?

News presenter Narelda Jacobs handled the Q and A adroitly and Albert Wiggins was sensitive and lucid in explaining the issues facing the custodians of the Kimberley.

Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Wrathall (Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, MIFF 2013) delivers a powerful and urgent film that, while distinctly Australian, tells a sadly universal story of the David-and-Goliath battles Indigenous peoples face against development on their homelands. Undermined: Tales from The Kimberley asks for whose benefit is development of this scale and, ultimately, what is the path to social justice for first peoples in 2019?

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The Dogs: Moore Contemporary Abdul-Rahman Abdullah NEW WORK February 17, 2019

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The Dogs Exhibition,

Review Victoria Laurie The Australian:

Moore Contemporary Gallery Cathedral Square

1/565 Hay Street Perth

Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm Wed-Mon

Sat, noon-4pm

Three black Dogs strain at their leashes as they glimpse  their victim across the gallery floor, their teeth set in a snarl. The Dogs is the latest work by Abdul -Rahman Abdullah, their menacing forms positioned by the artist beneath a  row  of low-hung glass chandeliers inside Moore Contemporary gallery in Perth.

The Heights set to launch nationally on ABC television: Photos at Perth screening Bohdan Warchomij February 12, 2019

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Upcoming ABC drama The Heights screened three episodes at Rooftop Cinemas in Northbridge last night prior to the launch of the series nationally on February 22 at 8.30 PM . Screenwest conducted the event with cocreator  Warren Clarke and producer Peta Astbury in attendance.

Co‐creator of the series Warren Clarke says the joy of THE HEIGHTS lies in its characters, and the way they deal with whatever slings and arrows life throws at them.

“It’s a diverse community, but this series doesn’t seek to exploit the things that make us different but rather explore and celebrate the things that ultimately make us all the same.

“This isn’t story about good versus evil or rich versus  poor; it’s about the very unifying experience of trying to make one’s way in the world, and the family you surround yourself with, whether by bloodline or by circumstance,” he said.

Producer Peta Astbury and cocreator Warren Clarke Photo Bohdan Warchomij

The hefty 30 part half hour drama by Matchbox Pictures in association with For Pete’s Sake Productions filmed two episodes a week using four or more handheld cameras in fully enclosed sets at Perth ABC studios and on location.

Director James Bogle amongst the guests at the screening Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Exterior shoots at various locations around Perth were usually scheduled for one day a week, all up making this one of the biggest and busiest local productions in recent times.

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Set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia Heights, the action takes place at apartment block ‘The Towers’, and explores relationships, work lives and everyday challenges faced by its characters.

The cast features Marcus Graham, Shari Sebbens, Roz Hammond, Fiona Press, Dan Paris, Calen Tassone, Kelton Pell, Briallen Clarke, Bernie Davis, Saskia Hampele, Phoenix Raei, Yazeed Daher, Bridie McKim, Mitchell Bourke, Koa Nuen, Cara McCarthy,  Carina Hoang, Melody Rom and Asher Yasbincek.

Asher Yasbincek and Melody Rom Photo Bohdan Warchomij


Sony World Photography Awards 2019 Professional Short List February 9, 2019

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It’s been a record-breaking year for the Sony World Photography Awards, with 326,000 submissions from photographers in 195 countries. While the 2019 Photographer of the Year won’t be announced until mid-April, the World Photography Organisation has released its shortlist for the Open and Youth competitions.

The dazzling photographs show the diversity of imagery across the ten categories of the Open competition. The ever-popular Landscape and Portraiture categories once again had high-quality entries, while newer categories like Creative yielded unexpected and refreshing results. While photographers from the UK, Italy, and the USA submitted the highest volume of entries, Mexico, Korea, and India had the greatest increase in entry numbers, proving the global power of the competition.

In the Youth competition, which is open to photographers aged 12 to 19, eight images were selected. These young creatives were asked to respond to a theme—Diversity—and the results are an exciting look at emerging worldwide talent. “I was astonished with the diversity of work that was entered into the Open and Youth competitions,” shares Youth and Open judging chair Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director & Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious. “The award represents a very democratic appreciation of photography, from tradition to emergent trends across all genres from nature to fashion. The competition allows the broadest demographic to have a platform.”

All shortlisted and winning images will be part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in London. The show will run from April 18 to May 6, 2019. In the meantime, the photographers will anxiously await the February 26 announcement of the Open category and National Awards winners, as well as the Overall Open and Youth winners’ reveal on April 17.

The 2019 Perth International Arts Festival opens with BOORNA WANGINY Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 9, 2019

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One of the highlights of the Perth Festival in 2019 is to spend one of four nights amidst the wind and the trees overlooking the Swan River.

For millenia, Kings Park has been a sanctuary for plant, animal and humans.

In an encore performance of the 2017 original, Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak uses high performance digital sound and light to tell a story of science, fragility and two thousand generations of relationship to ones origins.

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It is a metaphysical and technological masterpiece that captivated a huge crowd in the windy corridor of King’s Park last night. An unmissable celebration of indigenous culture and philosophy it is a tribute to the original people of this land.

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Fireball engulfs nitro funny car at Perth Motoplex February 7, 2019

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Perth father of two Anthony Begley walked away  from this explosion without so much as a scratch.

The devastating force of the nitro methane blew the body and bonnet off the car with Begley, protected by a firewall,

titanium hand shields, a fire suit and a helmet  connected to an oxygen tank was trapped in the centre of the fireball

and invisible for the second of the explosion..

He plans to be back on the track later in February in Victoria.

Trackside photographer Phil Luyer caught the footage from 30 metres away and felt the heat of the explosion.

Understandably the photo made the front page of The West Australian.

The Year of the Pig: Chinese New Year 2019 Photo Bohdan Warchomij February 3, 2019

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The Year of the Pig

With a different animal each year, the pig is the last in a cycle of 12 Chinese zodiac signs. It is said to bring wealth and fortune during each of its years, and not just for those who were born in a Year of the Pig.

The 2019 Perth Chinese New Year Fair comes to Northbridge on Sunday 10 February, noon to 9pm. This multicultural extravaganza includes a parade, stalls, cultural activities, lion and dragon dancing, multicultural concert, games and rides. Cultural performances will dazzle throughout the day on James and Lake Streets and in Chinatown on Roe Street.

Financial and investment successes are possible for all the zodiac signs this year, along with a good year for friendship.

Legend has it that the pig is the last animal in the cycle of the zodiac signs, because the Jade Emperor decided the order according to when each animal arrived at his palace.

One version of the story explains that the pig was late because he overslept. Another says a wolf destroyed his house, forcing him to rebuild it before he could attend the party.

Sounds like a Disney story.

Lucky colours for people born in the Year of the Pig: yellow, gray, brown

Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8

Recent years of the pig are: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Do these things:

  • Spend time with family. In many countries, Lunar New Year is the one time of the year families are reunited for a four-day holiday.
  • Eat fish for wisdom, peaches for longevity, plums for a sharp mind, lettuce for good health and spring onions to bring clarity for the year ahead.
  • Fill a box with sweetened vegetables or lollies for a “sweet year,” the President of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia, Cheryl Cumines, said. Jaffas are popular because of their red colour.
  • Married couples are expected to give red envelopes filled with money to younger members of their family. Red is a”major good luck colour,” said Ms Cumines.
  • Clean the house and get new clothes before the New Year to avoid bad spirits hanging around.
  • Wear red underwear to maximise your luck – particularly if you were born in the year of the pig, senior lecturer in Chinese and Asian studies at UNSW, Pan Wang, says.

Citizenship Ceremony Swan Shire Australia Day 26 January 2019 Photos Bohdan Warchomij January 30, 2019

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Australia Day is beset with issues and controversy and attempts to rewrite the history of European settlement. It is more sensible to confront history and learn from it than to deny it.

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port JacksonNew South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community. Indigenous ceremonies and festivals run concurrently  in an attempt to ameliorate and connect the cultures that exist within a complex multicultural state.

The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved and been contested over time, and not all states have celebrated the same date as their date of historical significance. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named “Anniversary Day”, “Foundation Day” and “ANA Day”. The date of 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Year’s Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

The Shire of Swan’s Australian Citizenship Ceremony  is a uniquely civilised and culturally significant ceremony. On Australia Day and citizenship ceremonies held throughout the year it brings people together from overseas escaping conflict, political and religious persecution and economic disaster with a historical perspective that is unique, transparent and innately valuable. It brings people to the table with the utmost  sense of respect for each others cultures and their individuality and outlines that the global village we live in has changed dramatically. The world has much to learn about living peacefully with each other and this small pocket in West Australia is doing a great job of contributing to that process.

Tribute to Les Helfgott Violinist 30 July 1951- 21 January 2019 Photos Bohdan Warchomij January 30, 2019

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Les Helfgott, the brother of David Helfgott said goodbye to the world at his funeral at Pinaroo Cemetery yesterday and there were  many friends both there and and at the wake at JB O’Reilly’s Pub in Cambridge Street Wembley to express themselves in musical tributes to a violinist and electrician who touched the world and made friends easily.

PRIX PICTET 2019 HOPE January 22, 2019

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Perhaps in our ability to carry on in adversity lies hope for us all. Hope that, despite the catastrophic damage that we have visited upon the natural world and upon the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, it is not too late to reverse the damage that we have done.

Kofi Annan (1938-2018), Hon. President, Prix Pictet, 2017

Patrick Brown Australia

The theme for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet is Hope – a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix Pictet’s overriding theme of sustainability. Hope in the face of adversity. Recycling. Reforestation. Rewilding. Science – advances in medicine – and technological solutions for global environmental problems. Falling poverty levels. It is time to examine some of the positive actions on sustainability that are beginning to emerge by contrast with the alarming analysis that constantly assails us in the global media.

The next shortlist will be announced at Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2019 and the winner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in November 2019.

Thailand based Australian photographer Patrick Brown is one of the nominees. It has been a big year for Patrick with his work on the Rohinga crisis and his award from World Press.

Patrick Brown Australia

These are his words and a response to his nomination:

‘I’m proud and honoured to have been nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet for this year’s theme, Hope.

When I first started working on the “Hope” project in 2009, I simply thought about the word which at first seemed full of positive connotations. After much deliberation and with little progress on what subject I was going to photograph, I decided to take a step back and examine the foundations of the meaning of “hope”. The Ancient Greeks associated the word with evil and malevolence, because of its association with the allegory of Pandora. When the box was opened all manner of evils were released to beset humanity; the only thing which remained captive in the box was hope. I found myself drawn to an essence of duality inherent in its meaning. The existence of the word “Hope” can only coincide with the word “Doubt”. The simple act of saying I’m hoping to meet my friend this evening, also implies doubt about it happening. I started to see hope and doubt as Yin and Yang. I became fascinated by these two opposing elements, the contrast of good and evil, right and wrong. And yet life isn’t simply a string of rights and wrongs, it is not simply black and white, there is the infinite/finite horizon line of life, hope sits in the grey area between these two lines. “Grey” the space between hope and doubt, the space between right and wrong – the Japanese word “Ma”. ‘Ma’ denotes the negative space between objects. It was this word that would take me to Australia in search of my own personal definition.

The vast open space of the Australian landscape is for me the place where “hope” and doubt collide. A landscape that has been abandoned by mankind, yet however deserted, its space has details, it has emotions, it has life. Most of my previous work to date retains elements of human interaction, presence, emotional implications and overtones. Yet it was the lack of human evidence in my “hope” work that has heightens its inherent sense of raw human emotion, and thus hope. Without emotions there can be no progress, no drive, and no ambition. What we humans do and why do it, satisfies our basic emotional needs. We strive to survive through hope and maybe a lack of hope leaves the door ajar for doubt to creep in. Maybe it is this fine balance between the two that shapes our destinies and gives us the strength to build on despair and joy in equal measure. This is my personal definition of “hope””