Indigenous mentor up for national art prize

On 20/01/2019 by admin

Jake Trindorfer’s ‘Our Next Generation’. “This kid stood out to me … to me he represented the next generation of Indigenous Australians, wide-eyed and determined,” he said.As part of NAIDOC Week, Aboriginal artist Jake Trindorfer has had one of his works chosen for an exhibition at NSW Parliament House.
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The 33-year-old’s photograph titledOur Next Generationis one of 20 shortlisted forthe 2016 MAX National Indigenous Art Competition.

Mr Trindorfer said he found his subject through work as a mentor of indigenous youth in Wollongong.

“I had the chance to step in to a multimedia role with the company I work for and started doing a bit of photography,” he said.

“This kid stood out to me, so I asked to take his photo. To me he represented the next generation of Indigenous Australians, wide-eyed and determined.”

Despite Mr Trindorfer being told “university isn’t for people like us”, he defied his family’s expectations and graduated with a Bachelor of Education.

Now he wants to use his work with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience to encourage young people to chase opportunity and overcome low expectations.

“If it wasn’t for a couple of special people in my youth things would have been completely different today,” he said.

Winners of the 2016 MAX Employment National Indigenous Art Competition will be announced at NSW Parliament House on July 7.

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