DEFENDO - Exhibition by Amy Perejuan-Capone

Presented in association with the City of Melville and Artsource

Defendo explores the painful ironies, survival choices and cultural intricacies of hidden family heritage within a colonial and personal context. Featuring an intricately embroidered full-scale replica of a WWII aircraft, this major solo exhibition by Amy Perejuan-Capone pays tribute to her late Grandfather’s legacy and explores a chance discovery about his heritage.

An amazing coincidence opened up an entirely new realm of artistic inquiry for multidisciplinary artist Amy Perejuan-Capone. In a serendipitous encounter, Amy discovered that Auntie Jean Boladeras, a Ballardong Noongar Elder, was her great aunt – revealing a lineage that was never discussed by her brother, Amy's late Grandfather, in his lifetime. For Amy, an artist concerned with negotiating complex personal histories, it was a profound discovery, one that prompted her to reflect on the complexities of his signing up to a bloody international war to defend a home ravaged by ongoing frontier violence.

In Defendo Amy weaves together family stories of invisible resistance to create a gently monumental installation in the lofty atrium of Old Customs House, Fremantle.

When : Exhibition opening Sat 10 Feb 5pm
            Sun 11 Feb - Sun 10 March (Free event)

WhereArtsource, Old Customs House
              8 Phillimore St, Fremantle