Building on her 2015 series of portraits, My Country No Home, Charlie’s polaroids depict the housing in Borroloola’s town camps and the residents who endure broken things while awaiting necessary repairs and new homes. As Charlie says, “The Polaroids are like a family photo album, but they show the broken things in people’s homes. We’ll have to wait for these things to be fixed. Things are broken while we wait for new homes. It’s business waiting. You have to wait so long.”
In the exhibition, Charlie’s photography is complemented by historical materials curated from various archives by the Housing for Health Incubator. The archival materials place Charlie’s project in a longer history of infrastructure neglect by the settler state and as the latest in consistent efforts by city camp residents to demand sustained attention to housing provision and infrastructure maintenance.
This exhibition has been made possible with support from Housing for Health Incubator, University of Sydney, Arts NT, Department of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, NT Government – Emerging Artist Grant 2019
Picture above: Borroloola Sheeting Team on single cabins, Image courtesy of the National Archives of Australia. NAA: E460, 1986/82