Nomad Two Worlds, which was exhibited at Urban Zen in January 2009, involved years of groundwork, including travel to remote regions of North Western Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation senior Indigenous custodians provided access to sites of great cultural significance to the aboriginal people. Burial grounds, gorges, stunning coast lines desert locations-often restricted and secret-were allowed to be photographed and filmed by Mr. James. The photographs were then reproduced to become oversized canvases for indigenous artists such as Clifton Bieundurry who then painted ‘story’ into the images; legends and concepts that relate directly to the image on the photographic canvas. The result, an unprecedented artistic collaboration of hand embellished art photographs that form the heart of Nomad Two Worlds installation. Three short films by Mr. James provided a glimpse of his broader Nomad Two Worlds project thematic: INNOCENCE, INHIBITION and DISCOVERY as the three stages of cultural collision are explored: the past, the present and potential future outcomes through meaningful reconciliation. A number of extraordinary people are involved in the project including Hugh and Deborra-lee Jackman, Baz Lurhmann, Donna Karan and Grammy award winning artist will.i.am, lead singer and producer for The Black Eyed Peas. Lisa Fox who, through her lf8 Studio, is dedicated to promoting Australian culture and the arts along with Marni Lewis of InConnection have gathered a compelling, and dynamic week-long program of events.
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