Resilience in Times of Adversity
Contemporary Responses to WW2 and Post WW2 in the Blue Mountains 1939-50
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 17 August-29 September
Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the commencement of WWII, Vivienne Dadour has curated the exhibition-Resilience in Times of Adversity: Contemporary Responses to WW2and Post WW2 in the Blue Mountains that explores aspects of the personal, historical and political landscape of the Blue Mountains during, and post, WW2. Through the use of archival and historical material the exhibiting artists reflect on the many-sided nature of the tragedy of war and the resilience of the human spirit. Anne Graham pays homage to the many women and men who worked at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory; Chris Tobin (Darug) acknowledges the struggles of Aboriginal soldiers who were an occupied People, yet asked to be part of an imperialistic war; Fiona Davies responds to the resilience of returning soldiers suffering from infectious diseases who experienced medical isolation in various facilities in the Blue Mountains during WW2; Sean O’Keeffe explores the fortitude of the many soldiers and military personnel who lived at ‘Hoaxville’ in facilities that housed chemical weapons in tunnels and sidings at Marrangaroo Army base in Lithgow; Vivienne Dadour presents snapshots of life in the Blue Mountains through a collection of photographic archives contributed by Blue Mountains Historical Society collections and individuals in the local community.