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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Anibare harbour pool

People flock to this place in the late afternoons. It’s a convenient meeting place, free of the sharp-edged coral pinnacles that rise out of the sea close to the shore. A mixed crowd of children are playing here. A tragedy occurred in June 2014 when a refugee got into difficulties in the dangerous Anibare Channel beyond the harbour wall. Two Nauruan men swam out to help him but the refugee and one of the would-be rescuers drowned. Since then lifeguards, trained by the Nauru Surf Club and Surf Life Saving Australia, keep watch at the pool.
9 November 2014