May, 25 2010
Tim Acker

The convoy reversed their journey, back to the Talawanna Track, before heading further east to Parnngurr.  Here we met up with the Martu artists at their studio space.  Thelma Judson took us out to Parnngurr rockhole, where some of the artists had camped before leaving their nomadic desert lives permanently in 1963. Our last full day was spent immersed in the dynamic life of a remote community: in the morning, the team was in the studio, with artists, photographing the work underway.  In the afternoon, a school excursion out to an enormous claypan set out, with artists, and the Pilbara Project team in tow.  The photographers did a workshop with the school groups before arranging a series of spectacular environmental portraits with kids and artists.  The last stop was a sublime sunset: as artists collected grass for their fibre works, the Pilbara Project team immersed themselves in the extraordinary quiet that sunset brings to the desert.

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