Keeping Connections Strong:
Dr. Pamela Croft
produces Mural in Stolen generations exhibition in
Artist Dr. Pamela Croft was in
Dutch where traders, and left our country”, Pamela Explains the hundreds
of schoolchildren visiting the exhibition. “Where the English came and
claimed our land, an unexpected turn of Aboriginal history, and a painful
history. The handprints that we ask you to put on the mural, represent in
our culture, the connection of our spirit with the land. This makes us
strong, today and in the future”. And so the mural slowly gets it’s
colors, handprints and design, and takes it’s strong place within the
Connections strong is in the first place about people connecting to eachother.
The mural itself depicts aboriginal symbols as central connecting elements.
Around it are the handprints of the participant and the Zoetermeer community.
animals such as the salt water turtle, the barramundi fish and the bush turkey
and the goanna and kangaroo found their place and surround spirit figures. These
figures symbolise women, men and children and a spirit figure representing both
the Aboriginal and Dutch ancestors.
making of the mural has been a gathering, with the museum as meeting place.
Peoples from different backgrounds and ages came together, sharing their world.
Most of these people have had the experience of living in two worlds, and the
visit of the museum made it possible for them to share this history and their
stories, and even to be of help in their healing process for some of the
hundreds of handprings made by young schoolchildren from Zoetermeer also
symbolise the hope for a strong future where people with different background
and colors of skin come together and share their stories.
The concept of the exhibition itself is the display of 13
portraits of Aboriginal people from the Stolen Generations, together
with Dutch immigrants and newcomers / immigrants from different countries in
Dreamweb’s director Lucien Lecarme, fotographer Frits Falkenhagen and Rob Tol
artwork is displayed, like work of Pamela Croft, and Robert Campbell Jr’s
Bicentennary, a loan from the Worldmuseum in
Info about the Mural Pamela did in Atlanta, USA
Read the Dutch info about the Mural in ENIAR
Impressions of the Mural
more impressions ! * Downnload Dutch pressrelease about the Mural * English expo info
Photo's about the travel to Australia in Januari 2006
tentoonstelling: Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer
Openingstijden: zie www.stadsmuseumzoetermeer.nl
At the opening of the exhibition, Mr. Jeff Hart from the Australian Ambassey in Holland presents the Delfts Blue plate with Dutch and Aboriginal designs as a gift for the Town and Major of Zoetermeer.
info : tel :+31-20-6793831 * fax:+31 (0)84 748
Impressions of the Exhibition