Photographic exhibition examines Queensland’s rich history

Photographs of everyday Queenslanders will grace the walls of State Library of Queensland in its latest exhibition which explores the stories behind an image.

Queensland Faces will bring together portraits of Queenslanders across time and cultures to build a narrative around SLQ’s 2016 public programming theme of Belonging.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition allowed the viewer to explore some of the characters who have helped contribute to Queensland’s rich history.

“Through these photographs, the viewer can make the connections between people, place and culture,” Ms Enoch said.

“Visitors to the exhibition will discover how our diverse cultural traditions contribute to Queensland’s ever changing identity. By building these narratives, a unique story around Queensland and its identity emerges that should be celebrated.”

The exhibition showcases photographs from the SLQ collection. From iconic images and moments of celebration, to photographs that expose Queensland’s true cultural diversity, Queensland Faces explores what makes us quintessentially Queenslanders, from the quirky to the hard truths.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the exhibition celebrates our individual and collective identities and our sense of belonging to our family, community and state.

“We want to encourage Queenslanders to take a closer look at the people who have helped shape our state,” Mrs Cooper said.

Both a contemporary and retrospective showcase, this exhibition will reveal untold stories about Queenslanders’ cultural diversity, and capture some of the iconic images that reflect the Queensland spirit.

The exhibition includes photos of Emma Miller, circa 1910, who migrated to Australia in 1879 and went on to become the first female member of the Brisbane Workers’ Political Organisation. Lores Bonney, who was also photographed in 1933, was the first female pilot to fly the longest one-day flight (Brisbane to Wangaratta) and the first woman to circumnavigate Australia by air using her own Gypsy Moth.

“Some subjects are famous, or infamous, though most are everyday people whose portraits have somehow made their way into SLQ’s vast collection,” Mrs Cooper said.
She said the exhibition contributes to the year-long exploration of the Queensland character, which will be told through SLQ exhibitions in 2016.

The public is invited to join the conversation by uploading a photo to Instagram with the hashtags #belonging #queenslandfaces @slqld that tells their story of ‘belonging’ in Queensland.

Queensland Faces is a free exhibition and will be on display at State Library of Queensland from 5 December 2015 to 8 May 2016.

Interviews and images available upon request.

Media Contact:
Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications | | 07 3842 9803

Media opportunity:
Exclusive media walk-through Join exhibition curator Naomi Takeifanga for an exclusive media walk-through of Queensland Faces and be among the first to see this exhibition, learn about the curation process, and hear first-hand some of the stories behind the images.

Date:  9 December 2015
Time:  10am
Location: Meet at the Welcome Desk, level 1, State Library of Queensland Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP: by COB 8 December 2015 to or phone 07 3842 9803.

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