Photo Series: 'Mwaga, A Bird at the End of the World'
In November 2017, the Goethe-Institut in Sydney presented the world premiere of an exhibition by distinguished photographer, Jutta Malnic: Mwaga, a Bird at the End of the World
Jutta Malnic has accumulated a vast collection of photographies over her lifetime. Born in Berlin to a German father and Australian mother, she went to photo school and then acquired her first work experience as a photojournalist in Berlin.
After her family decided to move to Sydney, she began to work as an on-board photographer on a shipping line. Between 1950 and 1969 she went on 72 cruises around the Pacific islands. From the beginning, Jutta Malnic approached her art as a storyteller. It speaks of a connectedness with nature, of family values, and of harmony. Her body of work glows with her ever-growing enchantment with the people and lifestyle around the Pacific.
One example is the photographic series Mwaga, A Bird at the End of the World
around the local bird species called Mwaga — a Gannet. Locally referred to as "The Navigator Birds" the ancient Polynesian seafarers used these birds’ behaviour and movements as a navigation tool. The image series tells a tale of the close relationship between humans and animals as they live together in a near-synergetic relationship.
Mo to Thu: 9.30 am until 4.30 pm
Fr: 9.30 am until 3 pm
The following quick video will give you some impressions of the opening night of the exhibition on the 24th November 2017, that happened in conjunction with our Goethe-Sommerfest. Special guests at this event were Dr. Norbert Lammert, former President of the Bundestag and Deputy Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Klaus Steitz, German Deputy Consul General, and Jutta Malnic.