We are happy to announce that an exhibition celebrating the work of friends in Hato-Builico and Australia is currently on display in Dili (until February 14).
Xanana Gusmão Cultural Centre, Dili
But first Wendy travelled up to Hato-Builico to deliver stories created by foto friends from Cabramatta, Sydney and Winmalee in the Blue Mountains of NSW.
Father Fernando and Celestino with Australian Foto Stories
Students exploring Foto Stories from Australia
Each student also received a copy of the Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters (BMETS) calendar featuring their work.
Celestino’s mother and sister receive his BMETS calendar
Four students: Alcina, Celestino, Joaninha and David then accompanied Wendy back down the mountain for the exhibition opening in Dili.
Alcina, Domingas, Joaninha, Anas, David, Victor and Celestino
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project for the past two years: family, friends, colleagues and exhibition sponsors Western Sydney University and JMD Design.
Exhibition opening January 25th
In East Timor thank you to Father Fernando and staff from Eskola Secundária Católica Nain Feto Ramelau. Thank you to faciltators: Eva, Anas, Bety and Gaspar, to advisor and translator Lurdes and to Anita.
Friendship (Sandra, Cabramatta)
In Australia, thank you to Cabramatta and Winmalee High Schools for being part of this program, and especially to teachers Carol Paros, Julie Piesse, Voula Facas, Skye Wright and Cheryll Rushkin.
Animal Friends (Bec, Winmalee)
Most of all a huge THANK YOU to all the creative students who shared their lives with us.
“The Future: I will have a family but not as many children as my mother. I want to be a writer and to write about my village Hato-Builico so all the world knows about us.” (Alcina)
The Future of Foto Friendship
There is interest from both Australian schools and a new school in Dili to participate in another story exchange. The project is volunteer run but we are looking for support to cover costs in East Timor. Please contact Wendy or Tammy if you have any brilliant ideas!