A Noongar Wadandi artist is bringing a new exhibit to the South West, revealing the “extremely personal” story of her family and their people. In her exhibit “Past, Present and Future — A Cultural Journey” cultural custodian and elder Sandra Hill documents the timeline of the Bibbulmun (Noongar) people in the South West during pre-colonial and post-colonial periods. From written essays, historical photographs to art imagery and traditional artefacts the presentation touches on all aspects of Aboriginal history to represent the culture and the collective experiences of the South West Aboriginal people, all woven together by Ms Hill’s artworks. After seven months spent getting the exhibit together, Ms Hill said she was “relieved” to finally be able to share it with the world. “This exhibition Is about truth telling — that’s literally it,” she said. “When I started it just snowballed and got bigger and bigger and bigger . . . it’s really special, it’s been the toughest seven months of my life but so worth it because now I don’t have to talk about it with myself it’s up for everyone to see and share.” With information and artefacts collected over nearly 50 years, Hill hopes the exhibit will educate the community on the truth of their history from pre-colonisation to post-colonisation. “My life has been one fighting for my people, my culture and my country, what we’ve endured and survived, it’s about survival,” she said. The exhibition is set to open next Friday, April 8 at the Packing Shed, Balingup with a guest appearance from the Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman.