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Mapping Frictions: Digital Storytelling
Tuesday, May 20 2014 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Free, bookings essential 9793 8324
Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown
James Arvanitakis, George Voulgaropoulos, Kavita Bedford (facilitator)
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'Friction' is what occurs when things rub against each other. Bankstown has commonly been portrayed as a site of friction—as ethnic communities sparking on the fault line, a site of violence and crime. But friction also creates energy, and with it, comes new possibilities. Supported by BYDS, The Mapping Frictions digital storytelling project aims to channel some of that energy to open up local, untold stories from Sydney’s western suburbs. Join us for a night with artists sharing these stories.

With James Arvanitakis, George Voulgaropoulos and Kavita Bedford as well as artists from Bankstown’s own Mapping Frictions project.

Presented with Bankstown Youth Development Service. Supported by the University of Western Sydney.

Change from printed program: EVENT START TIME CHANGE: The start time for Mapping Frictions: Digital Storytelling, is now 6.30pm.

James Arvanitakis (Australian)

James Arvanitakis is a Professor in the Humanities at the University of Western Sydney and the Head of The Academy at UWS. He is also a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. In 2012, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year. He is the author of Contemporary Society: A Sociological Analysis of Everyday Life and is the resident sociologist on Sydney's FBI Radio.

George Voulgaropoulos
George Voulgaropoulos (Australian)

George Voulgaropoulos has worked as a staff photographer for a community newspaper group in the western suburbs of Sydney for six years before going freelance in mid-2013. As well as teaching photographic workshops for refugees and emerging photographers, George has a passion for contemporary documentary photography and photo-books. George’s personal work consists of ongoing long term projects which have been published extensively, both domestically and in international publications.

Kavita Bedford
Kavita Bedford (Australian)

Kavita Bedford is the producer of Mapping Frictions digital storytelling project and an award-winning Australian writer. She has a background working in online Journalism, anthropology and publishing. She is the recipient of the Westwords Under 30 Western Sydney Writers’ Fellowship developing a series of literary non-fiction essays on place. In 2014, she was selected for Mexico’s Under the Volcano's Writing Residency. She has worked for the World Bank's Justice for the Poor team, Currency Press Publishers and as a guest lecturer in Anthropology of Development at Macquarie University.

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