There we were all in one place was an early career survey exhibition of cross-cultural artist Hayley Millar Baker (Gunditjmara).
From 2016 to 2019, Hayley Millar Baker produced five photographic series. Made almost exclusively in black and white, the photographs use historical reappropriation and citation, in tandem with digital editing and archival research, to consider human experiences of time, memory and place.
Millar Baker’s layered photographic assemblages affirm Aboriginal experience and culture within the Australian imaginary to form a complex image narrative of place, family, identity and survival. Her work is informed by her Gunditjmara and cross-cultural heritage, grounded in research of the historical archive, and guided by a non-linear form of storytelling that sees past, present and future as an unbroken continuum.
There we were all in one place brought these five bodies of work together for the first time to consider the ways in which Millar Baker uses photography and storytelling to re-author history and assert the authority of memory and experience across generations.
Installation view of Hayley Millar Baker: There we were all in one place at UniSC Art Gallery. Photo: Carl Warner.
Opening event and in conversation
2pm, Saturday 11 June 2022
The exhibition was accompanied by a unique Learning Experience designed by Wiradjuri curator and educator Emily McDaniel in consultation with the artist.
The exhibition was extended by a catalogue with full work reproductions and essays by exhibition curator Stella Rosa McDonald, curators Hetti Perkins and Talia Smith and a commissioned poem by poet and artist Vicki Couzens. Available to purchase online from UTS.