NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION AT CURRUMBIN RSL
An acclaimed national photographic exhibition, Behind the Wire, which documents the life stories of Australian Vietnam veterans, including four Gold Coast veterans, is on display at Currumbin RSL during November 2014.
The historical exhibition was completed over a three year period by renowned Melbourne photographer, Susan Gordon-Brown. The exhibition was recently unveiled at the Longreach Qantas Founders Museum and will continue its tour of the country over upcoming months.
Currumbin RSL was chosen as the exclusive Gold Coast venue to display the exhibition in its new community ‘Waterside Artspace’. In recognition of Remembrance Day on 11 November, the free exhibition will be on display at Currumbin RSL throughout the month of November.
Behind the Wire profiles 50 Vietnam veterans from across Australia with portraits and moving life stories.
Ms Gordon-Brown spent the past three years photographing and interviewing Vietnam vets from all over Australia, asking about their training prior to Vietnam, daily tasks on tour, and life since their return to Australia. She spoke to soldiers of all ranks who carried out a variety of roles such as cooks, dental assistants, truck drivers, tank drivers, forward scouts, riflemen, training team members and civilian nurses.
“The exhibition,” she says, “is about Vietnam veterans; their jobs, experiences and lives since returning, in their own words.”
“Much has been written about the politics and battles of the war but I was drawn to finding out about the day-to-day lives of Vietnam Veterans. How did our guys cope with unimaginable situations?”
“As well as many tragic stories of mates lost, the guys also shared some humorous tales. Sadly, so many are still affected by events that happened over 40 years ago and I am honoured to share their unique personal stories and images with the rest of Australia,” says Ms Gordon-Brown.
“The Exhibition is free and suitable for all ages. We invite Gold Coast residents to visit Currumbin RSLduring November to experience the unique and powerful stories and images of Australian veterans.”
In recent years, Susan Gordon-Brown has captured the hearts and minds of many Australians with her historical photo documentary exhibitions. These include ‘56 Faces’, a moving tribute to Australians who survived the Hungarian uprising; ‘40 Days’, an exploration of cultural and religious practices of contemporary Australia; and ‘Down South: Australian Tradies in Antarctica’, which told stories of the intrepid tradespeople who ventured to Antarctica from 1940s to the 1980s.
Susan Gordon-Brown is a member of The MAP Group, a collection of acclaimed Australian photographers who document important Australian issues and topics.
Currumbin RSL’s new community art area Waterside Artspace, an initiative of Currumbin RSL’s extensiveCommunity Benefit Fund, is available free of charge to local and emerging artists. Artists’ works will rotate on a monthly basis and no commission is charged for sales of art pieces.