Ngala Wongga – presented by Art on the Move


Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) presents a series of evocative portraits inviting us to engage with each individual and their personal stories enhanced through a poignant story telling installation.

In Brief

Dates: Jul 27 - Sep 01, 2018
Venue / Address:
Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery
Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah

In Detail

ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) – Cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields is a collaboration with the Aboriginal community in Goldfields, WA by artist Martine Perret. The conceptual body of multimedia work goes beyond documentary and photojournalism creating an aesthetic and creative platform highlighting the Elders connection to land whilst illuminating the cultural significance of Australia’s endangered languages.

Gungurrunga Ngawa (Look Above) is a series of aerial photographs that captures the ethereal beauty and unique shapes and textures of the Goldfield’s salt lakes. Using landscapes, portraiture and multi-media Martine Perret’s work intertwines the story of an extraordinary and ancient land, peoples, culture and language.

Examining the interconnectedness of people with the land, this exhibition highlights the importance of preserving the endangered languages of the Goldfields. Capturing the essence of each Elder, Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) shares the uniqueness and significance of their experiences and stories.

Martine Perret is a French-born, Australian photographer based in Margaret River, WA, whose professional career as a freelance photojournalism took her to Timor-Leste in 2003. For the next decade, Martine worked for the United Nations as a peacekeeping mission photographer documenting life in conflict zones. This took her to all over the world to Burundi, South Sudan, East Timor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and most recently West Africa.

Embrace the immersive and multi-sensorial journey of Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) – Cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields and engage with some of the world’s oldest and most endangered languages. Check out this exhibition on show at

Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) is a collaboration between Martine Perret – photography and sound designer, and Jonathan Mustard – digital production technician, video and sound designer. Field liaison and cultural guidance in the Goldfields by Gary Cooper, and the project is supported by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.