‘Wittenoom’ by Ross Whyte Friday 24th April 2009


An Installation
by Ross Whyte
at Left Bank

Introduction and Performance:
Friday 24th April 2009: 7pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 25 April: 10.30am – 5pm
Sunday 26th April: 10.30am – 5pm
Free Entry

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The town of Wittenoom is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Wittenoom was officially shut down in 1966 due to major health concerns regarding the blue asbestos which was being mined nearby. It is now little more than a ghost town.

Over 1000 lives have been lost to asbestos-related diseases as a result of the Wittenoom disaster. My grandfather, who along with my grandmother, immigrated there in the early 1950s, became one of those victims.

This installation combines image, sound, and spoken word in an attempt to create a memorial of the Wittenoom disaster. Furthermore, it considers the importance of universal themes: home, working life, memory, and family.

Left Bank Gallery
5 Bridge Street
Tarland, Aboyne, AB34 4YN

Tel: 013398 81603


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