Nauru Diary - Sally McInerney Photography

Shown at Ginkgo Gallery, Glebe, May 2013


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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Briar-Rose Alona

Briar-Rose Alona by the USP library door. A former head of the Nauru Media Bureau, she went to Japan some years ago to search for records of the Japanese occupation of Nauru. Since she’d mentioned that her third husband was Japanese, I asked if he’d gone with her to interpret. “No! I didn’t need any help! I went by myself.”
24 June 2015