26 September 2023

Archives exhibition looks back in time

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State Archives and Records has launched an online exhibition placing people at the heart of the curatorial journey.

The Archives said ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ was the premise of its new online exhibition: A Thousand Words.

A Thousand Words, marks our first collaboration with another one of Australia’s leading cultural institutions; Sydney Living Museums,” it said.

“[The exhibition] features 100 of the most compelling photographic images from our collections.

“Unlike conventional curated exhibitions, A Thousand Words invites the public to respond to these extraordinary images of people, places and events in NSW spanning 100 years from 1880 to 1980.”

Archives said the exhibition featured responses from some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary creatives, including visual artist Blak Douglas and writer/director/librettist Pierce Wilcox.

It said intriguing and varied responses to the images were provided by broadcaster, performer and academic, Sunil Badami; historian and artist, Vanessa Berry; author and creative producer, Kiriaki Koubaroulis; historian and disability advocate, Naomi Malone; and barrister, true-crime writer and photographer, Mark Tedeschi.

“See how technology and visitor engagement can connect images and words together to harness not just the power of ‘a thousand words’, but a million stories,” it said.

State Archives and Records encouraged everyone to get involved in the online exhibition and have their say on the pictures.

The A Thousand Words exhibition can be accessed at this PS News link.

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