INTERNATIONAL photographic artist and former Wagga woman Aletheia Casey has returned to the city yesterday to deliver an artist talk about her long-term project showcasing Australia's history.
Presenting her work at Wagga Art Gallery tonight, Ms Casey will speak about her practice and work, including both her personal work and her latest series 'The Dark Forgetting' about the repercussions of Australia's historical narrative.
"What was interesting throughout all of my work was Australia's identity and why we are the way we are today," Ms Casey said.
"It's an unacknowledged history of conflict and trauma through colonisation. I'm interested in bringing these things to light because only by acknowledging them can we and move into a future with less trauma."
Ms Casey said Australia is the only place she wants to photograph landscapes.
"I have this really deep connection with the land and that's what I miss while i'm in London," she said.
"When this land was taken from Indigenous Australians, i feel a sense of loss because of my attachment to the land."
The series will soon be published by the BBC. Her personal work, which centres on belonging and identity, was also showcased at the gallery.
Ms Casey grew up in Wagga, studied at Charles Sturt University and she now exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.
Her work is also published regularly with the Guardian and BBC Stories.
"It was wonderful to be nominated and exhibit with other artists for the portrait prize," she said.
"To be exhibited is a pivotal turn in an artist's career."
Ms Casey will soon begin a new role at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The artist talk was held in partnership between the gallery and Charles Sturt University.
- More about the artist talk: Wagga Art Gallery