To exhibit their work in France, these women drove over stone country, deserts and 31 river crossings and that was just to get passports
When Ingrid Johanson decided to help organise a trip to France for five Aboriginal artists to exhibit their textile work, she didnt expect the process to take years.
Paris is the capital of the world: for art, for design, for fashion, says Johanson, manager of the Bbbarra Womens Centre, which will hold an exhibition at the Australian embassy in Paris this October. Why not Paris?
But it would be the first time most of the artists have ever left the Northern Territory, let alone Australia and arranging passports proved to be tricky.
First, the artists had to travel from West Arnhem Land to Darwin, the nearest town to their homes in the Aboriginal community of Maningrida and a punishing eight-hour drive away.
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