The Hard Light of Day

The Hard Light of Day

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A story of whitefella-blackfella friendship that offers hope for the future. Two years after artist Rod Moss arrived in Alice Springs to teach painting, he met an Indigenous couple who had set up camp in the gully beside his flat. Over the next twenty-five years, his friendship with Xavier and Petrina Neil and the friendships that grew from it with the families of Whitegate, an Arrernte camp on the outskirts of town, would nourish and challenge Moss beyond his imagining. The Hard Light of Day offers a rare insight into the reality of life in the Centre, from the contours of the MacDonnell Ranges and the textures and sounds of Arrernte culture, to the endemic violence, alcoholism and ill-health that continue to devastate Aboriginal lives. In recalling the relationships and experiences that have shaped his life and work in Alice Springs, Moss reveals the human face behind the statistics and celebrates the enriching, transformative power of friendship. Illustrated with Moss's evocative paintings and photographs, The Hard Light of Day is an incredible journey into a world never shown in the mainstream media, and an artist's chronicle of the moments that have inspired him.The growing numbers of peoplefromdiffering Aboriginal groups drawn into town, which was built on land traditionally belonging to the Arrernte, had ... There was no way I could make my bare feet accomplices to this foraging among the bullhorn jacks andthe bogan flea burr. ... Isaw howthe Arrernte kids played forever inthedirt while nonIndigenous kids moved overit, about it. ... The shopping mall on the main street was choked with socalled galleriesfilled withacrylic dot paintings.

Title:The Hard Light of Day
Author:Rod Moss
Publisher:Univ. of Queensland Press - 2011-04-01


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