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Parragirls: Reimagining Parramatta Girls Home through art and memory

Lily Hibberd Bonney Djuric



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New South Books
01 September 2019
Installation art; History; Child abuse
Parragirls profiles the transformative artwork Parragirls realised in collaboration with contemporary artists and communities since the Parragirls Memory Project began in 2012. This vividly illustrated book reveals how art can change places and perceptions, in this case the long-neglected site of Parramatta Girls Home in Western Sydney, located on the lands of the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation.

Centred on the art and activism of its former residents, this is the first publication of its kind to use images and creative writing to open up the difficult spaces of an Australian former child welfare institution, one where significant abuse took place right up until its closure in 1974, as evidenced in the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

'Parragirls is an impressive book that serves as both an art publication and a record of social change. As an enduring testament to the experiences of the Parragirls - a collective of former residents of Parramatta Girls Home, where abuse and cruelty were rife - it charts the work of the Parragirls Memory Project across seven years of visual art, performance, events, exhibitions, writing, advocacy and activism...

Parragirls is able to deliver something that is at once rigorous in its detailed presentation of a clear model, and accessible through its compelling narrative.' - Eugenia Flynn, The Saturday Paper
With:   Bonney Djuric
Edited by:   Lily Hibberd
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 180mm, 
ISBN:   9781742236445
ISBN 10:   1742236448
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lily Hibberd is an artist, curator and writer. She co-founded Parragirls Memory Project with Bonney Djuric in 2012 and has co-produced numerous major artworks and exhibitions with Parragirls. She is Adjunct Research Fellow at Art & Design UNSW Sydney and her collaborative new media research with Parragirls was supported by an ARC DECRA research fellowship between 2016 and 2019. Bonney Djuric (OAM) is an artist, writer and co-founder of Parragirls and the Memory Project, and director of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association. Her contribution to the recognition of Forgotten Australians has been honoured in NSW and federal parliaments. Bonney Djuric is Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design Sydney and a member of the Order of Australia.

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