Calendars of Memory
About the Workshops
CALENDARS OF MEMORY draws on the memorialising traditions of cultures that recognise elders as wise and valuable members of our communities. Using photography and story, the silk banner images chronicle the lives of women leaders in Auburn and Greater Western Sydney. This project aimed to recognise 10 women leaders and elders by affirming their presence, their leadership and history of community organising. The photographic portraits on silk were exhibited in Auburn Library and launched on International Women’s Day 2017.
The silk banners are available for exhibition. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries.
Alissar Chidiac, Paula Abood, Jagath Dheerasekara
Auburn Centre for Community and other sites
“Story is how we pass on knowledge. It is the foundation of culture. It feeds our soul.”
WORKSHOP PROCESS GALLERY
“As women grounded by community, arts projects like these give us a space to share our struggles, our wisdom and our stories with each other and the wider world.”
Amrit Versha: community organiser, teacher and human rights advocate who has worked with refugee and migrant communities, women and young people, developing settlement services and establishing key programs over the last 30 years.
Bintu Kamara: community worker and organiser who has worked with African communities and refugees, founding and supporting women’s organisations and programs across Western Sydney.
Dorothy Mali Makasa: poet and community educator whose learning-based humanitarian work has empowered women and children both in Australia and Zambia.
Emina Varcar: grandmother and mother whose wisdom and resilience have inspired women across generations in the Bosnian community.
Fatma Mohamed: community powerhouse who is a founding member of the Africultures Festival and has supported women and children through capacity building programs and services.
Ghada Zaoud: an icon of Auburn who has fed and nurtured everyone who has crossed her path, practising hospitality in ways that have built relationships across diverse communities.
Izeta Zecevic: community organiser and cultural leader whose care and capacity building work with refugee communities has improved the lives of many.
Monica Biel: spiritual leader and community worker whose dedication to supporting women and children in the South Sudanese community is legend.
Saada Abdikarim: community organiser and human rights advocate whose foundational work with the Somali community and the broader Auburn community is inspiring.
Sister Johanna Conway: spiritual leader and educator whose work with women and children has empowered and enabled many to reach new places of light and opportunity.