A series offering a twist on traditional Aboriginal stories is just one of the projects lighting up Footscray as part of the States of Blue: West Projections Festival.

Footscray artist Paola Balla, a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman with  Calabrese and Chinese heritage, said her projections were drawn from the series Unsettling or the True Story of When Mok Mok Came To The Big Smoke.

“She is a matriarchal character I have been told about since I was a little girl,” Ms Balla said.

The slide-show is paired with music by Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline as the series is used to tackle patriarchy, family violence and the weight of expectation on women across cultures.

The project is just one of the many art projections and installations lighting up 22 Footscray sites from 6-10pm nightly as part of BluScray, celebrating Victoria University’s centenary.

West Projections producer Chantal Wynter said nightly projection displays were bathing Footscray in blue with the work of artists such as Skunk Control, EGO and Robert Mangion.

The festival includes four free evening walks featuring artist talks and performances and will run until September 11.

Highpoint shopping centre is hosting specially produced projections by Kit Webster.

Full program and map: www.vu.edu.au


Kit Webster’s projection at Highpoint. Photo: Shuttermain