About the series: The town of Wilcannia in Australia is located inland on the Darling River. The name originates from the local Barkindji people and translates to either ‘gap in the bank where the floodwaters escape’ or ‘wild dog’. The polarity of this lost translation reflects the identity of the Barkindji. They strive to rewrite their cultural story. They face the challenge of adapting to external influences while living in deep shadows cast by institutionalized racism. The fact that even shreds of their culture remain is a testament to their resilience.
About the Photographer: David Maurice Smith (b. 1973, Canada) is a documentary photographer based in Sydney, Australia and a member of the Oculi Collective. He has been recognized by many International Photography Awards. He was also named Australian Emerging Documentary Photographer of the year.