BlakLight Artist Talk | Michael Jalaru Torres

BlakLight Artist Talk | Michael Jalaru Torres

Djugun and Yawaru photographic artist Michael Jalaru Torres explores social history and the political and cultural identities of community members from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, with his innovative portraiture and abstracted landscape photography.

The artists own story is woven throughout the works in the gallery space, interlinked by Torres’ imperative to map and understand not only himself but others through the lens of his camera.

Join Michael Jalaru Torres in the Jurru gallery space and learn about his artistic practice.


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As a Djugun and Yawuru man with tribal connections to Jabirr Jabirr and Gooniyandi people, I am inspired by the unique landscapes and people of the Kimberley region, which feature prominently in my work.

My photography draws on my own stories and personal history and explores contemporary social and political issues facing Indigenous people. Much of my work involves conceptual and innovative portraiture and abstract landscape photography.

Through my portraits of people taken ‘on country’ I promote positive and individualised representations of Indigenous people. I also incorporate etching, drawing and other design work into my conceptual photography, combining traditional and iconic Kimberley imagery within a modern aesthetic.

Michael Jalaru Torres
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