Mother Country

National Exhibition Register

  • Platypus and Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Helga Salwe Platypus and Sydney Harbour Bridge, 2001
    Pigment ink on cotton rag paper photograph
    42 cm x 59 cm
    Image Credit
    Helga Salwe

About the exhibition

Photographer Helga Salwe (formerly Helga Leunig) spent 15 years documenting life in a small rural community in North East Victoria where she lived on a farm. The images depict the beauty, simplicity and peace of country life, as well as drought and bushfire. There are poetic captions accompanying each image to give viewers a key or a clue to what lies behind the image. The words are intended to prick the imagination, to help the viewer to create their own story. These exquisitely beautiful photographs capture family, nature and community. Every image redolent with feeling. The exhibition has very broad appeal and has been very well received. Generally 20 images are exhibited but it also works as a collection of 10 images. The exhibition has been shown in Australia and internationally: Head Photo Festival - Sydney, Aus 2020 Auckland Photography Festival - New Zealand 2020 Pingyao International Photography Festival - China 2019 Arthos Barcelona - Spain 2018 St Heliers Gallery - Melbourne, Aus 2017 Benalla Regional Gallery - Victoria, Aus 2015 Art Fair - Sydney 2016 Art Fair -Melbourne 2017 In 2015 Five Mile Press published a book of the images titled 'Mother Country" Acclaimed author Cate Kennedy wrote an extended essay as an introduction. 10,000 copies of the book were published and sold. One of the images in the book was shortlisted for the prestigious Bowness Photography award in 2016. Images from the exhibition are held in both private and public collections including the The National Portrait Gallery of Australia, The National Library of Australia, The Epworth Art Foundation, The Museum of Australian Democracy.

Artists and Curator

Helga Salwe

Helga Salwe formerly Helga Leunig

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/06/2023 - 01/01/2028
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Helga Salwe Photography
$3,000 (inc. freight) - Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Labels, Public Workshops
Other materials
Book titled 'Mother Country' published by Five Mile Press in 2015 with extended essay by acclaimed Australian author Cate Kennedy.
Primary contact
Helga Salwe formerly Helga Leunig
Helga Salwe Photography
Secondary contact
Minna Leunig
Helga Salwe