Nauru Diary - Sally McInerney Photography

Shown at Ginkgo Gallery, Glebe, May 2013

Statement

Unintended autobiographies can be read between the lines of certain handmade signs and notices. Concerning lost companions, transactions of labour, sex, food and unbroken horses, declarations of love, the memorialisation of self and others, they seem like private letters to the world, posted from shadow-caves on the fringe of public life.

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Children with prize rooster at Buada Lagoon

Children with prize rooster at Buada Lagoon. They are (l to r) Breson Fritz, Nikman Garoa, Jessina Fritz, Nikalus Garoa, Zuki Bingham. 27 June 2015

These children were playing by the road that encircles Buada Lagoon. The plaited fishing line on the cockerel’s leg suggested that he was more than an ordinary pet or a stray. “Is he a fighter?” I enquired. “Yes! We’re going to fight him at Location.” (a small district where once the Chinese phosphate workers lived, then called the Chinese Location). I asked if he had a name. “No, no name”. “You could call him Popsy.” They laughed, “Bopsy!” This seemed a fitting name for a prize fighter. The children’s names are, left to right: Breson Fritz, Nikman Garoa, Jessina Fritz, Nikalus Garoa, Zuki Bingham.
Their grandfather gave his permission to use this photo.

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