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Over 100 photographs mixed with the Martu people’s stories of survival. Conversations with the Mob is a strong but sensitive body of work, which captures the beauty, humour, sadness and friendship of a traditional Aboriginal community grappling with the demands of Western culture – they are the Martu Aboriginal people, who Megan Lewis first met in the Western Desert in 2000.
The Mob, as they call themselves, granted Lewis permission to live with them full time in July 2002, where she stayed for two years. Numbering only about 850 people, they live in or near Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. It is an extremely remote and tough stretch of country, which is roughly the size of England.
The Martu were some of the last Aboriginal people in Australia to come into contact with white people – they have never allowed their private world to be recorded before now.
MEGAN LEWIS emigrated to Australia from New Zealand in 1993 and worked as a photographer for Reuters and The Australian newspaper. In July 2002, on a gut feeling and with an invite from the Martu people, Megan left her newspaper job to live full time in the Great Sandy Desert. The result of this privilege is Conversations with the Mob.
Amanda Curtin (AUS)