In her own image: Greek-Australian women : a historical and contemporary insight [exhibition curatorship]

Effy Alexakis, Leonard Janiszewski

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This photographic exhibition highlights the images and statements of past and present, both known and not so well known, Greek-Australian women - their successes, their failures, their hopes and their dreams. Their personal experiences reveal an Australia of challenges, a Greece of memory, and a faith in the unfolding of a potentially unlimited future. Some of their stories will surprise, all of them will not disappoint. From the personal insights of actors Mary Coustas and Zoe Carides and film-maker Ana Kokkinos, to the yet to be fully recognised triumphs of Stavroula Likiard, an Australian national springboard diving champion of the 1930s, and Mary Dakas, Australia's only Greek female pearl lugger operator, the poignancy of their struggles, losses and successes exposes the powerful human desire which we all cradle, but at times fail to fully seize the potential of - the desire for a better life". The stories of Greek-Australian women have often been neglected in the grand social narratives of Australia's historical and contemporary development, yet their experiences offer significant and often diverse insights into major elements of this nation's collective attitude towards women over almost the last two hundred years - particularly given that their marginalisation in regard to gender has generally been further firmly compounded by their ethnic origin.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherMacquarie University
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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