Signs of Your Identity

National Exhibition Register

  • Gary Edwards
    Daniella Zalcmann Gary Edwards, 2015
    Inkjet print mounted unframed
    500 x 500mm
    Image Credit
    IMAGE Courtesy and © the artist

About the exhibition

For 120 years, the Canadian government operated a network of Indian Residential Schools that were meant to assimilate young indigenous students into western Canadian culture. Indian agents would take children from their homes as young as two or three and send them to church-run boarding schools where they were punished for speaking their native languages or observing any indigenous traditions, routinely sexually and physically assaulted, and in some extreme instances subjected to medical experimentation and sterilization.

The last residential school closed in 1996. The Canadian government issued its first formal apology in 2008. Generations of Canada’s First Nations forgot who they were. Languages died out, sacred ceremonies were criminalized and suppressed.

These double exposure portraits explore the trauma of some of the 80,000 living survivors who remain, and through extensive accompanying interviews address the impact of intergenerational trauma, lateral violence, and document the slow path towards healing.

Artists and Curator

Head On

Daniella Zalcman

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/03/2017 - 01/03/2019
Exhibition size
Under 50 sq or running metres
Originating state
$1,500 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels
Other materials
13 prints mounted unframed 500 x 500mm 1 Package 
120 x 520 x 120mm
Primary contact
Tony Nolan
Head On Photo Festival
02 9665 5865
Secondary contact
Lauran Vohmann
02 9665 5865