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A Matter of Time Project

Dr Heather Faulkner

Presented by Dr Heather Faulkner, QCA Griffith University in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

A Matter of Time investigates the experiences of eight lesbians who lived in Queensland during the more socio-politically conservative mid-to-late twentieth century and how they interpret that experience to have informed their lives today.

Since the end of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government, conditions for LGBTIQ-identified Queenslanders have improved but remain a tenuous arrangement.

As the struggle for LGBTIQ+ rights continues, it is important to accrue a historical understanding of the experiences of those who found themselves existing outside of the ‘norm.’

Some led double-lives, some hid in remote pockets of far north Queensland, while others lived openly, in spite of implied consequences.

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Heather Faulkner is a transmedia documentary storyteller whose work focuses on the synergetic themes of identity, place and belonging. In her twenty-year professional practice as a mainstream photojournalist, she has worked concurrently on addressing the histories and realities of marginalised queer communities around the world via documentary photography. These have largely been personal stories. In fact, she became a photographer as a way of understanding her place in the queer community and the alternative family that resulted when she came out in Vancouver, Canada in the late 80s.

The A Matter of Time Project is an extension of this life-long investigation and comprised the creative component of her PhD which she was awarded from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2015. The accompanying book, "North of the Border: Stories from the A Matter of Time Project," was published by University of Western Australia Publishing in 2016.

Faulkner is a senior lecturer and Program Leader of the Bachelor of Photography at QCA, Griffith University.


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