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As part of Jungle Jam festivities, a conversation on the significance of trees across cultures with a special focus on their essential place in Western Sydney was held at Bankstown Arts Centre's theatre led by Costa Georgiadis.
Costa Georgiadis is Australia’s most famous landscape architect and TV presenter who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people – he knows how to bring out the best in both of them and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. His holistic approach is all about gardening, the soil, and the soul.
Louise Fowler-Smith is an eco-artist and writer who has been researching the ‘Sacred Tree’ for the past two decades and has found that the practice of venerating or honouring Trees has been able to protect Trees in some parts of the world. Fowler-Smith is the Founder and President of the Tree Veneration Society Inc.
Dean Kelly is both a South Coast NSW Saltwater Yuin, Walbunja, Dhoorga Gurandgi cultural man through his father, and Western NSW Freshwater stone country cultural Wailwan, Nypampai Man through his mother. Kelly is a member of the Botany Bay Aboriginal Community and is also accepted as belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal Community. As a Cultural Practitioner, his true passion and cultural obligation is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
My Le Thi
My Le Thi came to Australia in 1985 from Central Highlands Vietnam and is a local Bankstown artist . Thi practices mixed-media, installation, sound, and video arts. Her work speaks about human conditions using symbols to express the common humanity and determination to survive. Her work has been selected as one of the HSC case studies since 2004 and was included in major exhibitions in Australia, USA and many Asian and European countries.
Sebastian Pfautsch is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Management at Western Sydney University. He has a master in forest management and a PhD in tree physiology. In his current research program, he investigates the practicality and effectiveness of interventions that help cooling western Sydney. Sebastian's work features regularly in the media, which in 2021 led to more than 350 headlines in 21 countries, published in 5 languages and reached more than 1 billion people.
Exhibition Documentation by Tom Toby.