'This series is a celebration of the civil rights movement led by First Nations people in Australia.'
That Which Endures seeks to examine the storied layers within records, the confluence of the personal and political, and the indeterminate nature of memory. To illuminate the many connections that flow through lifetimes - to explore what calls and compels us, and what endures.
'I’ve sourced lesser-known images, candid, taken on the periphery to convey the human scale of these movements. Following on from my interest in my family archives, and that this exhibition is at the University of Sydney, I am examining events that my Grandfather Charles Perkins took part in around the time that he was at university specifically the freedom rides and early years of the foundation for aboriginal affairs. Pop was among the first First Nations people to graduate, and I think these images speak to the wider, often alienating experience of accessing tertiary education for First Nations people especially at that time. Sourcing black and white images, all of these events took place during Assimilation.