Peter Woods

2007 Poetry and Paintings of Protest

West Papuans have been living with two realities since 1963 when Indonesia assumed control of West Papua. One is the culture of the violence of the military control of their nation. The other is the quiet dignity that Papuans maintain, especially in the faith and hope they cling to in the church community. In this series of paintings I unconsciously fell into the tradition of social and political visual commentary initiated by Goya and Delacroix.
This joint exhibition was mounted at St Hilary’s Anglican Church Gallery in Kew, Melbourne.