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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In the Zhong-Hua restaurant

In the Zhong-Hua restaurant opposite the Menen Hotel, blue curtains and the faint scent of cabbage wafted in the breeze from overhead fans. After rain a big grey puddle would form in the road directly outside, somewhat impeding custom. I liked it there, it was peaceful. There are many such small mostly-Asian restaurants on Nauru; it’s quite likely that some of the families who run them have lived on the island for several generations.
5 November 2014