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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The proprietors of the Parachinar restaurant

The proprietors of the Parachinar restaurant - the first, and perhaps only, refugee business on Nauru. Its décor was elaborate and beautiful. It opened early in November but closed down a few months later during the refugee mass protests. The two young men named the restaurant after their home town, Parachinar, which was possibly named after a legendary big chinar tree where citizens met to discuss social problems.
10 November 2014