When an opportunity arises, sometimes you've really got to go all out and grab the proverbial bull by the horns!
I've long wanted to visit Papua New Guinea (PNG). It's held a fascination for me since primary school when another student enrolled after his family had moved to Australia after PNG's independence in 1975. He owned what was to my eyes a wonderfully exotic shell collection. I was enchanted. Since then, I've been enthralled by any documentary about PNG; its various peoples and their vibrant cultures, and its rich ecology, biodiversity, and unique species.
Regrettably, PNG's independence from Australia was never replicated in West Papua after Indonesian colonisation in the late 1960s. As part of West Papua's ongoing struggle for independence, the Free West Papua (FWP) movement is organising a global day of action on December 1 in support of the region's independence from Indonesia's dictatorial tyranny and genocidal atrocities. The FWP will also open its Port Moresby office the same day. I intend to document the planned day of solidarity, Sunday December 1, with West Papua.
I'll also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face some online friends from Port Moresby, and get a sense of the place before planning a longer trip there in the not-too-distant future. My next post will include images from my quick visit to Port Moresby. Meantime, however, here's another image from my forthcoming exhibition, About time.
We'll return you now to our normal schedule!