Michael Jalaru Torres | Jurru

Michael Jalaru Torres | Jurru

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.

Each work is selected from different series of photographic works Torres has made over a six-year time span. From the dark history of the Kimberley region of Western Australia and the inhumane policies directed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by past governments, to the personal trauma that has shaped his creative storytelling, the artist offers insight into the living culture of the Kimberley region.

Jurru is a window into the joy and challenges of being from, belonging to and living in one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world, and a celebration of enduring stories and connection to Country.

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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
On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details