in New York at the
10 - June 8, 2003
OF THE GIJA
Spirit of the Gija is by lumino kinetic artist, photographer
and filmmaker, Roger Foley whose large-scale color prints show in luscious
intimate detail the energy, movement, and spirit of the Gija Aboriginal
tribe of Western Australia.
In July 2001, Foley was invited by the Jirrawun Aboriginal Artists
Corporation (Gija tribe) to develop the audiovisual and lightshow
component for a Joonba dance performance titled "Fire Fire Burning
Performed at the Perth International Arts Festival and the Festival of
Melbourne, Fire tells the story of the massacres around the
time of World War I of the Gija people of the Kimberley.
Foleys photographs were taken in one of the most remote areas of
Western Australia as he worked with the Jirrawun to capture their
performances, rehearsals and personal ceremonies done for Foley and his
associates. His photographs include that of a special Lirrga dance ceremony
the Gija performed to celebrate Foleys 60th Birthday.
The Gija dancers, singers and artists are incorporated as the Jirrawun Aboriginal Artists Corporation and the Neminuwarlin Performance Group led by Freddie Timms, Paddy Bedford, Dotti Wabti, CEO Tony Oliver, and Creative Director Peggy Patrick.