The Birdsong is Deafening 2020





The Birdsong is Deafening is an ongoing body of work that contemplates the endlessly shifting landscape between memory, loss and place. It reflects upon the relationship I have to my hometown of Cairns and the in-between spaces of growing up with a multicultural identity. On my mother’s side there is the deep quiet of Scandinavia and on my fathers the fragments of old Yugoslavia.

In the process of creating, I gathered around me the residue of memory. I consulted old creek beds I once dug holes in, bike paths I frequented, musty cane fields burning the same fires and the well-worn family albums asleep in an old fridge. I used the camera to trace over these thoughts on identity and what began as a solitary meditation slowly extended into a gentle collaboration with the land and those closest to me.

I found solace in narrating a fragment of my own story with the thought that I might entangle others in its roots. And although you may not feel exactly the same poetic sentiments I have tried to steep these images in – I invite you to recall your own longings and to create dialogue between worlds that are both real and imagined, familiar and unfamiliar, here and there.