The Heart of Punchbowl
After spending the past couple of months photographing the western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, I’m thrilled to announce the exhibition in which all the work will culminate – The Heart of Punchbowl.
Australia’s most delightfully wacky journalist, Jackie Dent, and I have profiled several pairs of people living in Punchbowl and focused on some of the positive aspects of a community that, beyond its boundaries, is known almost exclusively for the unfavourable reporting that it seems to attract. The area has a large proportion of Lebanese immigrants who fled a homeland in the throes of civil war between 1975 and 1990.
The exhibition (as well as an accompanying book and dedicated online portal on the SBS website) will bring together conversations between the pairs – recorded by Dent – and the photographs made as we followed 18 people whose days were only alike in that they began and ended in the suburb of Punchbowl.
The exhibition will be held at Bankstown Arts Centre but only for 2 days – Friday the 22nd of November and Saturday the 23rd between the hours of 10am and 4pm.