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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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HOMELAND The importance of place, 2014

by Dave Laslett

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 Finalist

The plight of the Anangu includes an incredibly high cost of living, disruption of services and power as well as extremely low employment opportunities often resulting in the need for individuals and families to relocate away from community and country in order to survive. This severance of connection creates a multitude of social and emotional wellbeing issues. The Homeland is a deeply spiritual place that connects families and allows time and space to get out of town and reflect on ancestors passed on, customs and culture as well as educate the next generation. Amongst all of this resides a natural beauty emanating hope.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Other NPPP photos from Dave Laslett

TWO WAYS/A dualistic system, 2017 by Dave Laslett
NPPP 2018 Finalist
The Unbreakable, 2018 by Dave Laslett
NPPP 2019 Finalist
1967, 2019 Dave Laslett
NPPP 2020 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Previous exhibition, 2015

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.