Parragirls: Reimagining Parramatta Girls Home Through Art and Memory
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Parragirls profiles the transformative artwork Parragirls realised in collaboration with contemporary artists and communities since the Parragirls Memory Project began in 2012. This vividly illustrated book reveals how art can change places and perceptions, in this case the long-neglected site of Parramatta Girls Home in Western Sydney, located on the lands of the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation.
Centred on the art and activism of its former residents, this is the first publication of its kind to use images and creative writing to open up the difficult spaces of an Australian former child welfare institution, one where significant abuse took place right up until its closure in 1974, as evidenced in the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
About the Authors
Lily Hibberd is an artist, curator and writer. She co-founded Parragirls Memory Project with Bonney Djuric in 2012 and has co-produced numerous major artworks and exhibitions with Parragirls. She is Adjunct Research Fellow at Art & Design UNSW Sydney and her collaborative new media research with Parragirls was supported by an ARC DECRA research fellowship between 2016 and 2019.
Bonney Djuric is an artist, writer and co-founder of Parragirls and the Memory Project, and director of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association. Her contribution to the recognition of Forgotten Australians has been honoured in NSW and federal parliaments. Bonney Djuric is Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design Sydney and a member of the Order of Australia