Lavene Ngatokorua shares her story in Country Arts SA produced mini-series, Four Worlds

SMALL SCREEN: Award winning photographer Lavene Ngatokorua will feature in the Country Arts SA mini docuseries 'Four Worlds'. Image: supplied.
SMALL SCREEN: Award winning photographer Lavene Ngatokorua will feature in the Country Arts SA mini docuseries 'Four Worlds'. Image: supplied.

Local artist Lavene Ngatokorua will be sharing her story of working and living in regional South Australia on a national stage.

Produced by Country Arts SA, Four Worlds provides an insight into the lives of Lavene and three other artists as they show viewers what impact place has in their art making.

The mini docuseries will be screened on SBS free to air TV in mid November.

Lavene's story focuses on how she continues the oldest continued living culture through a modern medium - photography.

She said modernising the way stories are passed through generations is important to keep adapting so culture is passed through to future generations.

"One of things we as Aboriginal people have been able to do is adapt to the new things that are coming our way. Otherwise we wouldn't be the oldest continued living culture in the world," Lavene said.

"What doesn't change is the stories that we tell; the stories remain the same. The way we interpret those stories can change. That's where we adapt.

"Where I see it, I have gone from where they talk about rock to canvas to now photography. That's the journey."

LEADER: Lavene speaksing at the 2018 NAIDOC March.

LEADER: Lavene speaksing at the 2018 NAIDOC March.

Lavene was born in the Umeewarra Mission Children's Home and for her life-long efforts for her community, was awarded the 2018 Port Augusta NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to her community work and balancing her various roles, she has established a contemporary practice focused on exploring and expressing her cultural connections and strong humanitarian beliefs.

Lavene's diverse works captivate and transport viewers to different times, places and spaces - depicting visual stories of family, culture and history, and her own personal journey and strong cultural beliefs.

"Country is everything," she said.

"My father said we don't have a once-upon-a-time book, our book is the land that is out there. It is our stories; that's how I want to tell it.

"I want to look at the landscape using the medium of photography to continue the oldest living continued culture in the world in a different way. Modernise it."

Country Arts SA Chief Executive Anthony Peluso said the series was a way to share with the rest of the nation what regional SA has to offer.

"We have always known that regional and remote South Australia is home to many talented artists, and now we are thrilled to be able to share some of these stories with a nationwide audience," he said.

"Each of these artists brings their own perspective to their region and in turn we see how their surroundings have influenced their art."